Welcome to the Merecat web server. This is the default landing page for new installations. Seeing this means the web server is working and the owner has not set up any pages of their own yet.
The limited feature set makes it very quick. Virtual hosts and the URL-traffic-based throttling are just about its only features. The resulting footprint makes Merecat very suitable for small and embedded systems.
Usage: merecat [OPTIONS] [WEBROOT] [HOSTNAME] -c CGI CGI pattern to allow, default is "**.cgi|/cgi-bin/*" -d DIR Optional DIR to change into after chrooting to WEBROOT -g Use global password file, .htpasswd -h This help text -l LEVEL Set log level: none, err, info, notice*, debug -n Run in foreground, do not detach from terminal -p PORT Port to listen to, default 80 -r Chroot into WEBROOT -s Check symlinks so they don't point outside WEBROOT -t FILE Throttle file -u USER Username to drop to, default: nobody -v Enable virtual hosting with WEBROOT as base -V Show Merecat httpd version 'WEBROOT' defaults to the current directory 'HOSTNAME' is for virtual hosting (one httpd per hostname) Note: '-d DIR' is not needed in virtual hosting mode, see merecat(8) for more information on virtual hosting.Bug reports: https://github.com/troglobit/merecat/issues
Setting up virtual hosts on a server can be a bit of a hassle with other web servers. With Merecat you simply create directories for each host in the web server root:
/var/www/ |-- icons/ |-- cgi-bin/ |-- errors/ | `-- err404.html |-- ftp.example.com/ `-- www.example.com/
Then set virtual-host=true in /etc/merecat.conf. Now the web server root, here /var/www/, no longer serves files, only virtual host directories do, execpt for the shared files in icons/, cgi-bin/, and errors/.
On Linux bind mounts can be used to set up FTP and web access to the same files. Example /etc/fstab:
/srv/ftp /var/www/ftp.example.com none defaults,bind 0 0
This section provides a brief overview of settings available in /etc/merecat.conf. See the merecat(8) man page for more information, in particular the throttling configuration.