Initial Server Setup with LAMP

The Basics

When you first begin to access your KaOS install for use as a server, there are a few early steps you should take to make it more secure. Some of the first tasks can include configuring SSH.

The LAMP stack is a group of open source software used to get web servers up and running. The acronym stands for Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP.

Configure SSH

Time first to make accessing the server over SSH more secure.

Open the configuration file. The default cli editor for KaOS will be used in this Guide, replace micro with nano or vim to your liking.

sudo micro /etc/ssh/sshd_config

Find the following sections and change the information where applicable. Be sure to uncomment the lines as well, otherwise the changes will not take effect. (You can find words and phrases in the file by pressing Control-F)

Port 25000
PermitRootLogin no

Port: Although port 22 is the default, you can change this to any number between 1025 and 65536. In this example, I am using port 25000. Make sure you make a note of the new port number. You will need it to log in in the future. This change will make it more difficult for unauthorized people to log in.

PermitRootLogin: change this from yes to no to stop future root login. You will now only be logging on as the new user.

Reload SSH, and it will implement the new ports and settings.

sudo systemctl restart sshd

To test the new settings, open a new terminal window and login as your user.

Don’t forget to include the new port number.

ssh -p 25000 [email protected]

Your prompt should now say:

[exampleuser@yourhostname ~]$

Installing LAMP

Install Apache

Apache is a free open source software that runs over 50% of the world’s web servers.

As always, make sure the system is fully up to date before installing any:

sudo pacman -Syu

Once the update is complete, we can install Apache:

sudo pacman -S apache

After Apache is installed, we need to make a couple of changes in the configuration.

Open up the apache configuration file:

sudo micro /etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf

Comment out the unique_id_module (you can use ctrl F to find it quickly):

#LoadModule unique_id_module modules/

LoadModule unique_id_module modules/

Restart Apache:

sudo systemctl restart httpd

During the apache restart, you may get a notice that says the following:

httpd: apr_sockaddr_info_get() failed for droplet1
httpd: Could not reliably determine the server's fully qualified domain name, using for ServerName

Although this alert does not interfere with the apache launch, you can easily eliminate it if you like by adding your hostname to your configuration.

Open up the hosts file:

sudo micro /etc/hosts

Add your hostname to the end of the line beginning with       localhost.localdomain   localhost server1

Subsequent restarts of Apache will no longer display that message. With that, Apache is now installed on your server. Directing your browser to your server’s IP address ( will display an auto-index directory. You can quickly try out a sample page by adding an index.html file to KaOS’s document root directory, located within “srv/http”:

sudo micro /srv/http/index.html
<h2>Hello, Welcome to KaOS</h2>

You can visit the placeholder page by going to your server’s IP address in your browser.

How to Find your Server’s IP address

You can run the following command to reveal your server’s IP address.

curl -s

Install MariaDB

MariaDB is a powerful database management system used for organizing and retrieving data. It is a drop in replacement of MySQL. Many commands will still use mysql

To install MariaDB, open terminal and type in these commands:

sudo pacman -S mariadb

Hit enter if it asks you anything, unless you know you don’t want the defaults.

Once you have installed MariaDB, start it by running

sudo systemctl start mariadb

Finish up by running the MariaDB set up script:

sudo mysql_secure_installation

The process will ask you for your current MySQL root password (not to be confused with your server password) and, since it has not yet been set, simply press enter.

When prompted, “Set root password?” type Y, and afterwards enter in your new MySQL root password.

After that it’s easiest just to say Yes to all the options. At the end, MySQL will reload and implement the new changes.

By default, a MySQL installation has an anonymous user, allowing anyone
to log into MySQL without having to have a user account created for
them.  This is intended only for testing, and to make the installation
go a bit smoother.  You should remove them before moving into a
production environment.

Remove anonymous users? [Y/n] y                                            
 ... Success!

Normally, root should only be allowed to connect from 'localhost'.  This
ensures that someone cannot guess at the root password from the network.

Disallow root login remotely? [Y/n] y
... Success!

By default, MySQL comes with a database named 'test' that anyone can
access.  This is also intended only for testing, and should be removed
before moving into a production environment.

Remove test database and access to it? [Y/n] y
 - Dropping test database...
 ... Success!
 - Removing privileges on test database...
 ... Success!

Reloading the privilege tables will ensure that all changes made so far
will take effect immediately.

Reload privilege tables now? [Y/n] y
 ... Success!

Cleaning up...

Once you’re done installing MariaDB, finish the LAMP stack by installing PHP.

Install PHP

PHP is an open source web scripting language that is widely used to build dynamic webpages.

To install PHP, open terminal and type in this command.

sudo pacman -S php php-apache

PHP should also be added to the apache configuration file:

sudo  micro /etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf

Paste in this text block within the config.

# Use for PHP 7.x:
LoadModule php7_module       modules/
AddHandler php7-script php
Include conf/extra/php7_module.conf

When loading php7_module the httpd.service often fails with this error in the journal:

Apache is running a threaded MPM, but your PHP Module is not compiled to be threadsafe.  You need to recompile PHP.

For this you need to replace mpm_event_module with mpm_prefork_module:

LoadModule mpm_event_module modules/

LoadModule mpm_prefork_module modules/

Now you should be done configuring /etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf so save this file and restart Apache:

sudo systemctl restart httpd

See your PHP Config and Add Programs to Startup

After LAMP is completely installed, we can take a look and see the PHP details by creating a quick php info page

To set this up, first create a new blank file:

sudo micro /srv/http/info.php

Add in the following line:


Then Save and Exit.

Visit your php info page (make sure you replace the example ip address with your correct one):

To close out the LAMP installation, add the apache server and MySQL daemons to the list of programs that run upon server startup:

sudo systemctl enable mariadb httpd

Congratulations, you have now installed the LAMP server on KaOS!