Failed to create virtual server : Dictionnary word

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#1 Thu, 05/22/2008 - 12:00

Failed to create virtual server : Dictionnary word

Hi Dear!

I'm a new virtualmin user and i need some help.

I have 2 problems.

The first one is about the BIND module.

When i try to active it, it tell me that i need to put inside the dns server list but when i do that, it doesnt work.

The adress disappair automaticaly when i apply the modifications to the server.

It work only if i dont apply the modifications but when i restart the computer, it disappair anymore.

The second problem is when i try to create a new server.

I have the following error:

Failed to create virtual server : Is a dictionary word

I dont understand. It was working when i tried to create one before.

So, if someone can help, i will appreciate it a lot.


Sat, 05/24/2008 - 03:41

Hi there..
I have the same problem with adress.. I added, and when I restart the server it disappair. I've changed that the server have a static IP from router, andnow its works perfectly.. So my problem was in DHCP.


Sat, 05/24/2008 - 05:43

Thanks for your help eustachy but i already had these settings.

I also tried to disable the dhcp server in the router but have the same problem.

In the static ip section, did you put for the gateway?

In my case, it's the router ip (

Another ideas?

Tue, 05/27/2008 - 20:24


The dns server problem has been fixed with the following shell command:

restorecon -v /etc/hosts

As soon as it was did, it came possible to add to the dns server list.

For the "word list" problem.. isnt fixed.. so if someone can help me, i will appreciate.


Wed, 05/28/2008 - 05:53 (Reply to #4)

resolvconf has been installed thus over-writing any changes made.

resolvconf is a default package that is installed in mandriva and debian distro's and its meant for ppl that use dial up or dynamic dsl/cable.

If you have your own BIND and IP you do not need this installed and you can delete it.

Wed, 05/28/2008 - 05:57 (Reply to #5)

BTW restorecon does not "fix" anything per-se.

From the man page:
This program is primarily used to set the security context (extended attributes) on one or more files.

"Is a dictionary word" refers to the user PASSWORD not the server it self. You can't use words like "dog" or "password" since they are not secure.

Wed, 05/28/2008 - 07:00


I will take a look in that way but just like that, i tried to use an unusual password like SdRJ545DSvKc45 and it told me the same thing..

is it normal?


Wed, 05/28/2008 - 12:55 (Reply to #7)

No that isn't normal at all then.

What's the domain name you are trying to create ?

Can you post the log when the error happens?

Wed, 05/28/2008 - 13:08

I have few domain names hosted at and i want to be able to host their respective websites at my home.

The domain name i tried to use is

For the log, i will post it here later in the evening.

Thanks again!

Wed, 05/28/2008 - 13:12 (Reply to #9)

That's really weird. Please post that log when you can for us.

Wed, 05/28/2008 - 18:01

Here is the log!

Error: No word lists can be found for the language "en_US".
Error: Is a dictionary word


Thu, 05/29/2008 - 02:17 (Reply to #11)

This is very wrong..

File a bug report @

Thu, 05/29/2008 - 02:20 (Reply to #12)

Actually ignore that.....

Install aspell !! You have no dictionaries installed on your box.

Thu, 05/29/2008 - 02:34

If you're talking about the perl module "Text::Aspell", i did it yesterday without succes..

Thu, 05/29/2008 - 02:36 (Reply to #14)

what distro is this ?

Thu, 05/29/2008 - 02:43

Fedora 8

Thu, 05/29/2008 - 02:52 (Reply to #16)

Oh... You do know that FC is always beta code right? So anything can and does go wrong in that distro.

That said you MUST have aspell installed with the US dictionary.

Thu, 05/29/2008 - 08:52

I will try to install it in the evening and i'll come back to tell you if it's ok.

For the stability of Fedora Core, i eard about the same you said but a couple of weeks ago i didnt knew it.

My first goal was to see if linux is better than windows for hosting and i agree totaly!


Wich free distro is the best one?

Is there a lot of differences between FC and that disto?

Thanks and Regards!

Thu, 05/29/2008 - 09:11 (Reply to #18)
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You've enabled strong password requirements in your PAM configuration, but you're trying to create a user with a crappy password. Don't create users with weak passwords, or turn off the strong password requirements (known as in the PAM configuration files).

CentOS is the free Red Hat-based distro that we recommend for servers. (Red Hat-based means "a lot like Fedora", so if you're used to Fedora, you'll be used to CentOS immediately)

But, this is just a misconfiguration. Has nothing to do with the distribution of Linux you've chosen.


Check out the forum guidelines!

Thu, 05/29/2008 - 09:21

Ok but is it safe for me to continu to use Fedora 8 if all is working or there's a lot of security lacks in it and it's better to switch for CentOS as soon as it's possible?

For the password, like i said, i tried to use an strong and unusual password like FRey123nDGFde353R and it didnt work.

Thanks for the support!

Thu, 05/29/2008 - 11:06 (Reply to #20)

Joe he said he tried to install the aspell perl mod and it failed... you need that installed plus the US english dictionary for pam's password checking.

As for FC8 I wouldn't use it. Get CentOS5 which is darn near the same as RHEL5 and it's very stable.

Thu, 05/29/2008 - 18:44

Thats ok!

I installed the en aspell dictionary and it's working now excepted for the virtual ftp server.

If what i readed is right, i will probably not use it but i hate to dont understand why something isnt working.

I also readed about it:

In the module config, fill in the "all virtual ftp servers are name based" radio button but i didnt found nothing like that.

Any solution?


Fri, 05/30/2008 - 09:37 (Reply to #22)
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<div class='quote'>it's working now excepted for the virtual ftp server.</div>

You almost certainly do not want to use virtual FTP servers. You need an IP address for every virtual FTP server, and nobody uses anonymous FTP for file distribution anymore.


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Fri, 05/30/2008 - 13:00

Thanks a lot Joe and sgrayban!

I appreciate your professionalism to help people working with the free version of your software.

A lot of developpers help only the people who bought their software.

If you continu to do it like that, i think that you will be long term winners.


ps: I think that you will see me soon in other section of your forum.

I've lost some hairs with name servers yesterday!


See ya!

Fri, 05/30/2008 - 13:07 (Reply to #24)
Joe's picture

I think Scott deserves most of the credit on this thread.

Anyway, we're happy to have you around, regardless of whether you're using GPL or Professional. Just so long as you talk about us whenever you get the chance. (Particularly to your hosting provider!) ;-)


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Fri, 05/30/2008 - 13:21 (Reply to #25)

This was a easy fix. Not having the aspell and/or the english dictionary is a common issue with pam and VM. This isn't the first time I saw this happen on a non English install.

I think it would be best that VM check to make sure that both are installed when running the install script.

Fri, 05/30/2008 - 13:59

Yes. The first time that i installed fedora on my computer, i installed it in english. Thats why virtualmin was working before.

By the way, I posted a thread in our forum about virtualmin at that adress :

I will make few posts to try to explain (in french) things that i understood about virtualmin.. if theres something wrong, just let me know!

Regards!&lt;br&gt;&lt;br&gt;Post edited by: PatTzZ, at: 2008/05/30 14:00

Fri, 05/30/2008 - 14:12 (Reply to #27)

I don't know french so I have no idea if what you say there is correct :)

Fri, 05/30/2008 - 14:23


Yes! No one under 18!


Without joking, thats a clean SEO forum and there's a computer support section where i posted about virtualmin.

There's not as traffic as youtube but i cant be bad for you!

Fri, 05/30/2008 - 14:40 (Reply to #29)
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I'm learning French as we speak (My French Coach on the Nintendo DS, FTW!), so I'll give it a look. I will only understand probably every third word, but it'll be good practice.


Check out the forum guidelines!

Fri, 05/30/2008 - 14:52


You're welcome.

I also have an ai bot who's need to learn french in that forum, maybe that you can speak toghetter if you're feeling alone! ... a joke.

And by the way, if i'll speak about virtualmin, i will say what i'm sure about. Dont worry.


Fri, 05/30/2008 - 15:06

Also, if you want to translate virtualmin in french completly, let me know!