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Old 04-24-2010, 06:53 PM   #1
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Lost access to my site

I wanted to add a user to be able to edit the "/var/www/html" folder but I stuffed up the permissons, so I decided to go back to the nomral configuration:
[root@14 www]# ls -l
total 35
drwxr-xr-x  2 root      root 4096 Apr 25 08:44 cgi-bin
drwxr-xr-x  4 root      root 4096 Apr 24 22:40 error
drwxr-xr-x  2 root      root 4096 Apr 25 09:48 html
drwxr-xr-x  3 root      root 4096 Mar 16 08:41 icons
drwxr-xr-x 14 root      root 4096 Mar 16 08:42 manual
drwxr-xr-x  2 webalizer root 4096 Apr  1 18:58 usage
as you can see root has access to the /html folder but I still get a

You don't have permission to access / on this server.

Additionally, a 403 Forbidden error was encountered while trying to use an ErrorDocument to handle the request.
Apache/2.2.3 (CentOS) Server at
when I access the site. I've already looked around and tried to fix it but nothing seems to work.

SElinux is not on
I can't access my site locally

how do I make the site readable again ?


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Old 04-24-2010, 07:54 PM   #2
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fixed by using
chmod +x /var/www
Old 04-27-2010, 08:51 PM   #3
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I don't know how apache installs on your distribution, but you may have to change group permissions for the web folders. Mine (debian) has the web folders belonging to the group www-data with read and write permission. Other users only have read permission. You could then add whatever user you wish to have access to the www-data group.
Old 04-28-2010, 03:39 AM   #4
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Yeah.. I don't like the way CentOS set things up...I'll probably start using Arch Linux as my webserver..

thanks anyway..



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