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Old 11-25-2003, 06:49 PM   #1
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Can't access user account web page in browser - ~username

Hi All

Mandrake 9.2

New to linux install and Mandrake, but enjoying the challenge - sorta....

Created one user account when installing mandrake - 'fred'

I created a public_html directory for fred at:


and I plugged in a placeholder index.html file

However, when I try to call up fred's placeholder page from another computer on the network, I get a Forbidden Error - 403

This other computer is allowed access to the mandrake computer and so far can access the mandrake machine via ftp and ssh.

Would anyone know how to approach this?

I would also like to get cgi working within /home/fred/public_html/cgi-bin

Many thanks
Old 11-26-2003, 02:11 PM   #2
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chmod the /home and the /home/fred 711, and /home/fred/public_html should be 744
Old 11-27-2003, 02:53 AM   #3
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Thanks very much. That solved part of the problem

When I now try to reach I don't get the Forbidden error, but now I get this error:

The connection was refused when attempting to contact
I have two computers that are connected through a belkin router. One computer is a winxp machine, and the other is the mandrake box.

The router has assigned the IP of to the mandrake, and it is the mandrake machine that has the /~fred user and page

The error that I mention above occurs when I am trying to reach the /~fred page from the winxp box.

However, if I type in in the mandrake box, the /~fred page is displayed AND the IP changes from to

1. why does it change to ?

2. why is the connection refused when coming from the winxp machine? I am able to access the mandrake machine from the win box via ftp and ssh okay.

Thanks for your help

Last edited by DogTags; 11-27-2003 at 02:55 AM.
Old 11-28-2003, 03:33 AM   #4
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You may have some funky permissions in your http.conf file ... boy thats weird. Check that to make sure you allow all connections (esp in the /home/*/public_html section) and also take a glance in your /etc/hosts file to make sure nothing funky is going on there either
Old 11-29-2003, 12:16 PM   #5
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I'll take a look and report back.

Many thanks for your help
Old 01-26-2004, 02:02 PM   #6
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Unhappy same problem

I have the same problem since I upgraded to Mandrake 9.2. I think it might be related to the presence of "~" in the address, because all sites I was not able to connect (including my own) have an "~".
Please let me know if you found out the answer to this annoying problem.
Old 01-29-2004, 08:29 AM   #7
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I got it to work, but I'm not sure exactly what made the difference.

Here is what I did:

1. I reinstalled MD 9.2, but this time I made the security level "Standard"

I had been using "Higher"

- None
- Standard
- Higher
- Paranoid

(I "think" that those are the right terms. I'm at a different machine at the moment.)

In the Higher mode, I would add my win box IP as an Except IP to the hosts.deny file, but it kept getting over-written each time I booted

2. You have to create the public_html directory and put an index.html file in there. Yeah, I know this is total dummy stuff, but I never used MD. So, I wasn't sure what was what:


3. The ~ works fine:

4. I also found out that you have to include the closing forward slash. Otherwise, I would get an error:

............"uh, couldn't connect to"...............

But, when I closed it, it worked fine:

5. Also, I think I'm remembering that if I was calling a index.php page, I had to include the full url all the way through the page:


I still have a lot to learn. I don't feel comfortable with this yet, but I'm glad each time I make progress. I must have installed/re-installed about 8 or 9 times so far. I would love to get familiar enough with it to have a fully working linux office system.


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