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Old 09-15-2011, 07:56 PM   #1
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Symbolic Link with HTTP

Good Day All

I am having an issue viewing the symbolic link i created. I created a link to my web folder (using fedora 14). When i try to view it in a browser , i get the error: 403 Forbidden, You do not have permission to access the "file" on the server.

I did the following:
I added the below to my /etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf file
<Directory “path to directory like /var/www/html/folder”>
options Indexes Includes FollowSymLinks SymLinksifOwnerMatch ExecCGI MultiViews
AllowOverride All
Order allow,deny

Allow from all

"then i restarted httpd"
However that did not work

Any help would be greatly appreciated

Old 09-15-2011, 09:06 PM   #2
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I don't think the webserver has permissions to follow symlinks that are not in the webserver directory path defined in <Directory ...></Directory>
Old 09-15-2011, 09:17 PM   #3
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Are you sure the folder you're sym-linking to has the proper permissions? What does it show for owner, group & permissions when you ls -l it? You need r-x or rwx for the 3rd set (public/other) unless it is owned by the web server's id or group. It's www-data on my Debian system, not sure if Fedora 14 uses the same id or if you've changed it.


P.S. I know this technique works, because I've placed websites I maintain in my home folder and symlink from /var/www into /home/me/www/folder and it works great.

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Old 09-16-2011, 12:33 AM   #4
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Well first off I hope this isn't literal
<Directory “path to directory like /var/www/html/folder
Cause that won't fly.

Second what is the ownership/permissons of the directory the symlink is referancing? It will need to be something apache can read. If you don't know then issue a
ls -la /var/www/html/folder
and depending on your distro
chown -R apache:apache /var/www/html/folder
chown -R www:www /var/www/html/folder
check your /etc/passwd to find out which.

Or you could chmod to something apache can read, but not write. Stay away from 777.
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It would help if we saw what the actual dir is, but I suspect an SELinux issue.
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Old 09-16-2011, 06:34 AM   #6
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folder is called timetable

its in my home directory e.g. /home/bhall/Dropbox/timetable ...the permissions are

drwxrwxrwx 2 apache apache 20480 Sep 16 00:26 timetable

In /var/www/html folder i created the sym link timetable

The permissions are:

lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 10 Sept 16 00:32 timetable -> /home/bhall/Dropbox/timetable

(the way i am doing it is using dropbox to sync my files with another machine.


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