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I'm sure this is an annoyingly basic question, but I can't find the answer here or in the documentation, and I'm up against a deadline.

I've just now created a domain and a static-only application for it. I want to serve a simple static html page, so that I can verify that DNS changes have propagated, and that my domain now points to webfactions servers. In other words, I'm stuck on the most basic steps to getting a site up and running.

The docs suggest that I put my html file in ~/webapps/<application_name> . What should the tilde expand to? I used Nautilus to connect via FTP to the server, and the /home/ directory is empty.

TL;DR: Where is my home directory, and where should I put a static html page for testing?

Thanks.

asked 28 Jun '14, 00:17

phoenixstorm...
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The tilde expands to /home/your_username.

You can't list the contents of /home (it's a security measure) so you should configure your FTP client to connect directly to /home/your_username upon establishing a connection.

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answered 28 Jun '14, 00:54

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edited 28 Jun '14, 00:57

Thanks. Accepting your answer instead of my own, because yours explains the reason for the behavior I was seeing.

(28 Jun '14, 00:57) phoenixstorm...

Okay, so connecting via ftp to the folder / resulted in the problem above, but connecting to the folder /my_user_name displayed the directory structure I described by the documentation, including the missing webapps directory and its expected contents.

I like that there is already a "hello, world" page there, so I don't need to do anything else until the DNS changes take place.

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answered 28 Jun '14, 00:49

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