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Old 07-10-2004, 02:33 AM   #1
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Apache 403 Forbidden

I know there are about 100 versions of this particular subject, but I have tried everything and so far... no dice.

First off, I couldn't even get apache to start due to an error in my /etc/hosts file. I was ecstatic just to get apache to start and I could access the apache test page when accessing from a remote computer.

That's great.

Now I try to put files in my /var/www/html directory, AND...

.. of course... nothing.

Changed permissions and ownership to apache:apache and r+x.

... nothing.

Everything in the httpd.conf file seems to look appropriate, but I'm no expert soooo...

Any suggestions? What else could it be? It can't be a firewally problem because I wouldn't even get the test page if that were the case. I've tried all kinds of variations on permissions to no avail.

Help greatly appreciated...

Old 07-10-2004, 04:19 AM   #2
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Check the permissions on /var (should be root:root drwxr-xr-x), /var/www (the same), and /var/www/html (Apache should be able to read and execute it, depending on the set up, you might want it owned by root or apache). If that looks good check the files themselves, make sure that either they are owned by Apache or are world readable. I've noticed in some configurations Apache runs as user apache but not as group apache, so you might want to check this.
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No sure about this, but shouldn't the .html files you want served by Apache go into /usr/local/apache2/htdocs/?
Old 07-10-2004, 12:31 PM   #4
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Just when I was about to go absolutly insane over this, look what I found buried at the bottom of my httpd.conf:

<Directory "/var/www/html">
        Options Indexes Includes FollowSymLinks
        AllowOverride None
        Allow from from all
        Order allow,deny

Drop the repetitive "from" and all is well.


Thanks for all the help.


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