VM 8.6.1+: VM I-Net Web Client going through Apache HTTPD on Linux/UNIX fails to find /vminet.html when using HTTPS

ID:    S143414
Published:    01 April 2021

Operating System(s)

  • All Unix


  • PVCS Version Manager


When the PVCS Version Manager Web Application server on Linux/UNIX is configured to use Apache HTTPD as the 3rd party web server, enabling SSL in Apache may result in the /vminet.html page only being accessible via HTTP. Accessing the same page using HTTPS results in a page not found error (HTTP Error 404).



This may be the result of the VirtualHost block used by mod_ssl not inheriting the PVCS VM configuration changes defined in httpd2_pvcs.conf.
The PVCS VM installer, or configure_inet if that was executed post installation, typically shows instructions like:
 Apache Web Server

 Append the following line to your Apache Web Server
 configuration file at "/etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf"
 to complete the VM I-Net installation:

"IncludeOptional /usr/serena/vm/vm/inet/install/httpd2_pvcs.conf"
Performing this step will make PVCS VM available for the non-SSL portion of the server (HTTP).
When SSL is enabled (by installing mod_ssl), this usually adds the file /etc/httpd/conf.d/ssl.conf containing a default SSL configuration. This configuration does not inherit the PVCS settings from the httpd2_pvcs.conf include added to the main server configuration file /etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf.
For the SSL configuration to be able to see this configuration as well, also add the IncludeOptional statement within the <VirtualHost> ... </VirtualHost> block of /etc/httpd/conf.d/ssl.conf, for example just above the closing </VirtualHost> tag:
IncludeOptional /usr/serena/vm/vm/inet/install/httpd2_pvcs.conf
Be sure to use the same directive added to /etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf.


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