Installing LAMP on Ubuntu 10.04 and 10.10 (Lucid Lynx, Maverick Meerkat)
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You don't need to install phpMyAdmin, but it's a much easier way to get in and adjust things in your MySQL database if you're not familiar with MySQL's commands. You can install phpMyAdmin from the command line with:
The installation will prompt you to select a web server for automatic configuration.
This is important! Use the space bar on your keyboard to select apache2. Make sure there's a * next to apache2 like the picture below and then hit <Enter>. (Click the picture to enlarge it and see what I'm talking about.)
The next screen will explain some information about database configuration. Hit the <Enter> key to move on.
Another screen will come up asking if you want to configure a new database called dbconfig-common. Since this is a fresh installation, use the <Tab> key to select Yes and hit <Enter>.
You'll be prompted next to enter the MySQL root password. Enter the MySQL root password that you created earlier, hit <Tab> to select Ok and hit <Enter>.
You'll then be prompted to enter a MySQL application password for phpmyadmin. You can hit <Enter> and a random password will be generated. I chose to use the same password that I used for the root MySQL password.
If you enter your own password, a password confirmation screen will come up. Confirm your password.
Your phpMyAdmin installation and configuration is now complete.
Open your web browser and enter the address http://localhost/phpmyadmin/. You should see a page like this.
You can log in with the username root and the root password that you created earlier.
Congratulations, you're now ready to start building your local website. If you're only working on one site you can put all of your files into /var/www. If you'll be working on multiple sites you may want to consider some additional Apache configuration to keep things neat and clean on you system.
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