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I was told to do a 'chmod 701 myhomedir' so that I can use my public_html dir. After typing in the chmod command I can access my ~username site without any issues, but after about 10 minutes or so the permissions get set back and I get a message saying 'You don't have permission to access /~startrek/index.html on this server.'
Does anyone have any ideas? I am using Mandrake Linux 9.2 and if it helps any I have my security level set to 'higher'.
You can't access it from your account, or from a web browser? Since a web browser doesn't store your account/password or anything, to be able to publicly view your pages properly, you should set permisions for all, not just the owner. I'm not sure if html pages need read or execute actions, i know php needs only execute so I'd guess that. Try chmoding it to 707 instead of 701.
public_html must have at least read and execute, but home can have just execute. Read on home allows others to see directory contents of home when all that is needed is permission to enter home and continue on to public_html.