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Old 10-11-2010, 06:05 AM   #1
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web page of each of the student


Dear friends,

I have a situation here.
Suppose there are 35 students in my class, and I am thinking of allowing each of them to host a web page, with full control to edit or add/delete the content - something like the below:

For Susan : http://localhost/Susan
For Jack : http://localhost/Jack
etc. etc.,

I am running apache web server with root directory as /var/www/html. Thus for each user a subdirectory in /var/www/html can be created. Now how can we give each of the users access to his or her directory.
Would we be required to create system accounts for each of them ?
Further, allowing them to add content to their directory would perhaps require some sort of ftp attangement ?

I think I am groping in dark.

Can any one guide me in this endeavour ?

Thanks in advance.


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Old 10-11-2010, 06:08 AM   #2
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http://httpd.apache.org/docs/2.0/mod/mod_userdir.html
 
Old 10-14-2010, 01:56 AM   #3
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Sir,
This is driving me crazy. It should work, but on accessing "http://localhost/~guest/index.html" I keep getting

Quote:
Forbidden

You don't have permission to access /~guest/index.html on this server.
Even after increasing the log level in httpd.conf to "debug", I get only this log entry:
Quote:
[Thu Oct 14 02:04:58 2010] [error] [client 127.0.0.1] (13)Permission denied: access to /~guest/index.html denied
Now for the configuration:
/home/guest has permissions of 711.
/home/guest/public_html has the permission of 775.
/home/guest/public_html/index.html has permissions of 664.

And in the /etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf, I have
Quote:
<IfModule mod_userdir.c>
#
# UserDir is disabled by default since it can confirm the presence
# of a username on the system (depending on home directory
# permissions).
#
#UserDir disabled

# To enable requests to /~user/ to serve the user's public_html
# directory, remove the "UserDir disabled" line above, and uncomment
# the following line instead:
#
UserDir public_html

</IfModule>
I still don't know why I am getting "FORBIDDEN ....."

Please help.

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Old 10-14-2010, 10:19 PM   #4
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why not look at a content mangament system like word press or simular
http://codex.wordpress.org/Create_A_Network

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Old 10-15-2010, 04:40 PM   #5
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Host headers?
 
Old 10-16-2010, 12:38 AM   #6
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Sir,
Would you please be a little elaborate.

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Old 10-20-2010, 06:34 AM   #7
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Hello,
It seems my message has somehow escaped attention.
So, here I'm; once again making a request for help.

Thanks in advance.

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Old 11-07-2010, 09:58 AM   #8
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Quote:
Now for the configuration:
/home/guest has permissions of 711.
/home/guest/public_html has the permission of 775.
/home/guest/public_html/index.html has permissions of 664.
Is the 711 a typeo? I tried to chmod to 711 on my Linux server and it failed.
Try making the permissions 755 for /home/guest and see if that helps.

ie: chmod 755 /home/guest
 
Old 11-08-2010, 03:24 AM   #9
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No it is not a typo.
And it is not working even after the change in the said permissions to 0755. In fact, it is the same "permission denied to ..."


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Old 11-08-2010, 07:17 AM   #10
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Ok folks, I have solved this.

It was selinux issue after all.
I changed selinux policy to "permissive" from "enforcing", and I am able to access the users' home directory.


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Old 11-08-2010, 08:02 AM   #11
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whoops, read that response wrong. ignore.

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Old 11-09-2010, 04:30 AM   #12
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Ok friends, but now the problem is "how to make it work with the selinux policy being at 'enforcing' instead of 'permissive'.

It was indicated in the selinux warning concerning this access (to the web page) that the context should be "httpd_user_content_t" in place of "user_home_t". Even after incorporation of this change (and rebooting) it was same - "permission denided....".

Any help friends ?


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