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Old 06-19-2012, 08:59 PM   #1
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My question mostly follows from this dead thread:

After symlinking /var/www to redirect to /home/user/www/, all I get is forbidden errors when accessing, even though ~/www and its contents have read permissions for all. The only way I've found to remediate that is to change APACHE_RUN_USER and APACHE_RUN_GROUP to equal my username, but I've heard that that could be insecure.

Is it really insecure and if so, then how do I fix the "You don't have permission to access / on this server." errors if I switch user and group back to www-data?
Old 06-19-2012, 09:17 PM   #2
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Give Apache ownership permissions to said directory

chown -R www-data /home/user/www/
Old 06-20-2012, 01:00 AM   #3
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That doesn't seem to work. I still end up getting forbidden, when my envvars contains
export APACHE_RUN_USER=www-data
export APACHE_RUN_GROUP=www-data
and the permissions of the folder in the user dir is
$ sudo ls -la ~/www
total 16
drwxr-s--x  3 www-data www-data 4096 Jun 19 23:34 .
with /var/www symlinked to ~/www/

I made sure to restart apache2, so it should be running as user www-data, which should have full read and execute access to that folder, but it still doesn't seem to read it.


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