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Old 12-05-2007, 12:29 PM   #1
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Hi all, this is very frustrating to figure out. Im trying to setup UserDir on my apache server so my other users can have pages of their own. But its not working.

I read this page and its not explaining correctly. What ive done so far is the below shown.

First i edited httpd-userdir.conf and replaced some of the config like so.

UserDir enabled user
UserDir disabled root
But when i open my browser to I get a forbidden error telling me i cant access it. Can any please explain thoroughly what im doing wrong? Thanx in advance!
Old 12-05-2007, 12:37 PM   #2
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In addition to what you did above, you also need to do
$chmod 755 /home/$USER
$mkdir /home/$USER/public_html
$chmod 755 /home/$USER/public_html
If you use a Red Hat based distro and have selinux enabled, you may need to do
#chcon -t httpd_sys_content_t /home/$USER/public_html
Old 12-05-2007, 01:29 PM   #3
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Ugh!!!, do i do this as root or as the user? Because i did it as root and nothing is changed as far as i can see.

When i did those chmod commands i noticed inside the file httpd-userdir.conf there was this section.

# Control access to UserDir directories.  The following is an example
# for a site where these directories are restricted to read-only.
<Directory /home/*/public_html>
    AllowOverride FileInfo AuthConfig Limit Indexes
    Options MultiViews Indexes SymLinksIfOwnerMatch IncludesNoExec
        Order allow,deny
        Allow from all
    <LimitExcept GET POST OPTIONS>
        Order deny,allow
        Deny from all
The access denied problem was solved, but now its still not working. Does this section i pasted need to be edited? Also, is there a place where i can _read_ about this that actually makes _sense_ ? Thanx in advance!

Last edited by dellthinker; 12-05-2007 at 01:48 PM.
Old 12-05-2007, 02:15 PM   #4
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Nevermind, i sorted it out.


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