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Old 03-25-2004, 07:39 PM   #1
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Letting normal user change apache directory


I want to fool around with making websites but i dont want to have to log into root to change the files in /var/www/htdocs. is there a way of letting a normal user to change etc. the stuff in there? im running slackware 9.1 btw
 
Old 03-25-2004, 07:56 PM   #2
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The easiest - and safest - way is probably to user userdirs. With this setup a user can create a directory called public_html in his home directory and access it through http://yourhostname/~username. It usually works very well - check your Apache setup, the userdir might be set to something else than the standard ~/public_html.

If you absolutely must use the global html directory you can create a new group, change the ownership of the html directory and all subdirectories and files to this new group and then add users who should have access to this group.


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Old 03-25-2004, 10:50 PM   #3
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sorry for being a noob, but how do you set up userdir?
 
Old 03-26-2004, 01:06 AM   #4
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It might already been setup by default installation of apache (I think debian is like that, don't know about SuSE though). Try what hw-tph said and see if that worked or not. If it didn't, you need to have a play at your apache conf file (httpd.conf).

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Old 03-26-2004, 06:56 PM   #5
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is there a script i can use to redirect all traffic from my http://blehbleh.bleh to http://blehbleh.bleh/~bleh?
 
Old 03-26-2004, 07:18 PM   #6
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Sure, put an index.html in your webserver's document root with a Javascript refresh that takes the visitor to the other location. Examples are all over the web - start looking at the web design sites and tutorials. You don't have to do any fancy redirections by reconfiguring the server.


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Old 03-27-2004, 07:40 PM   #7
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one more thing, how do i make it so that http://blehbleh/~user goes to http://blehbleh/~user/index.php instead of giving me a forbidden error?
 
Old 03-27-2004, 07:50 PM   #8
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Hi,

1. If you are getting a 'forbidden' error that means you have permission problems. You need to change your permissions to allow access.

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how do i make it so that http://blehbleh/~user goes to http://blehbleh/~user/index.php
First off, you do have php support built in apache right? Ok, assuming you do so, it should automatically pick up the index.php from "http://blehbleh/~user" as long as you placed index.php in your Directory Index (and that you do not have 'index.html' in that same folder).


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Old 03-27-2004, 07:54 PM   #9
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when i go to http://blehbleh/~user/index.php it works fine, its just when i go to http://blehbleh/~user/ it gives me this:
403 Forbidden
You don't have permission to access /~user/ on this server.

oh, and when i go to http://blehbleh it goes to index.html

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Old 05-04-2004, 06:58 PM   #10
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in your apache config file:

Code:
<IfModule mod_dir.c>
    DirectoryIndex index.html index.php
</IfModule>
 
  


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