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aToaD #7: Webmin

Web interface for Linux server management.

Webmin is again a Linux tool. Great web interface to easily manage a Linux server (actually, it seems it can also be used to manage several servers at once). Detects most commonly installed services (PHP, Apache HTTPd, MySQL, Postgre, and a lot more: 100+ modules in the default installation, with the possibility to add additional ones – there’s even a module to mange a Minecraft server…) and let you manage them with a GUI (some settings directly available through the GUI, and the rest can usually be edited via config file edition in the web interface too). You can also use it to create system users, and upgrade packages (although I don’t think I ever tried this as it’s so easy to do from the command line anyway).

To install on OpenSUSE (or Fedora or other RPM-based distros):
sudo rpm -Uhv webmin-1.620-1.noarch.rpm

(don’t forget to change the version number to match the latest one)

On Debian, grab the deb package (hosted on sourceforget, so you’ll have to get your own unique download token I think), then:
apt-get install libnet-ssleay-perl libauthen-pam-perl libio-pty-perl apt-show-versions libapt-pkg-perl
dpkg -i webmin_1.650_all.deb

Update (2016-03-28)

Lately, after every update Webmin has failed to restart by itself. In such cases, to restart it manually just run /etc/webmin/start

Posted in A Tool A Day, Linux, servers.

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