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Old 02-17-2005, 08:42 PM   #1
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Question Two Apache http server problems...

I am trying to set up an http server from my computer running FC3, but have run into two problems:
1) Every time I try to access the server from itself, I get the welcome test page, despite the fact that I have a test index.html page in the folder. When I request for that page specifically, or any page I put in the folder, it gives me a 403 Forbidden error and also tells me:
Additionally, a 403 Forbidden error was encountered while trying to use an ErrorDocument to handle the request.
I first thought that I had done something wrong with permissions, so I made a new user named "www" and made "www" the owner of the folder "/var/www/html" (the root directory of the server) as well of the entire folder "/var/www". This still did not fix my problem...

2) Secondly, I cannot access even this forbidden page from computers outside my network. I set up my router to forward port 80 to my computer, but that didn't seem to work. Every computer I have tried to access it from just times out after a while. I have heard that some ISPs try to discourage http servers by blocking requests to port 80, but I don't know if that is true.

I'm not sure what, if any, configuration or log files to post here, but if anyone has any suggestions, please let me know what would be helpful. I'm relatively new to this stuff, so please bear with me.
Old 02-17-2005, 09:18 PM   #2
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1) this could be either a unix file permission problem, or a problem with your apache.conf file.

First of all, look for a line in apache's conf file that looks like this:
 <Directory /var/www/localhost/htdocs>
In this example '/var/www/localhost/htdocs' is your DocumentRoot. Now make sure that these lines are contained in that directive block:
      Order allow,deny
      Allow from all
If they are there, then it must be the file permissions problem. You need to make sure that all the files in your DocumentRoot are readable to the user that apache runs as. This depends, but is usually 'apache' or 'www'.

2) This may be a name-resolving issue. To see, use the ip address of your server to access ie: type '' into a browser, where '' is the IP address of your fedora box running apache.

If you do not have a FQDN then you cannot access your apache server any other way except by IP address from outside your network. You can, however, use a service like to get a FQDN for free.
Old 02-17-2005, 10:38 PM   #3
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I checked the config file and it appears to have those two lines in there, but I can't imagine this being a permissions problem, considering that the "www" user can at least read almost everything in the filesystem, and the "/var/www" folder and all its subfolders and files belong to the "www" user, so there is full read and write access there. I'm stumped as to what it might be.

As for the second problem, I can access the "forbidden" screens from any computer inside my network using my local IP address, but when I put my WAN IP address in, it just times out. I have the router set up to forward port 80, so I'm not sure what the problem is.


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