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I have an Apache2, sitting in front of Tomcat7 via ajp, all on Ubuntu. What I want to do is serve a simple static page with Apache when I perform maintenance.

I found this nice tutorial, but I am not that firm on Apache.

ServerName localhost
  DocumentRoot /var/www/maintenance

  ##For maintenancepage
  RewriteEngine On
  RewriteCond %{DOCUMENT_ROOT}/maintenance.html -f
  RewriteCond %{DOCUMENT_ROOT}/maintenance.enable -f
  RewriteCond %{SCRIPT_FILENAME} !/maintenance.html
  RewriteRule ^.*$ /maintenance.html [R=503,L]
  ErrorDocument 503 /maintenance.html

  #Directory settings omitted..

  ProxyPass /maintenance.html !
  ProxyPass / ajp://localhost:8009/
  ProxyPassReverse / ajp://localhost:8009/

This is my virtual host configuration file in /sites-available/

I expected: when creating a file maintenance.enable in var/www/maintenance, all requests are answered with the maintenance.html page.

But sadly, nothing ever happens. Is my DocumentRoot wrong? Is my ProxyPass setting wrong?

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closed as unclear what you're asking by Stephen Ostermiller Nov 21 '14 at 11:49

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Did you create /var/www/maintenance/maintenance.html and can you access it directly at http://example.com/maintenance.html? – Stephen Ostermiller Jun 21 '14 at 10:54