I am an Apache/linux newbie. (Trying to learn this technology...)

I setup a Mandrake 10.1 server, and am trying to setup virtual hosting.

I created a user and a www folder. Set the www folder permission to 777.
I created a virtual server as follows:

<VirtualHost *>
DocumentRoot "/home/domain/www"
ServerName *.domain.com
<Directory "/home/domain/www">
allow from all
Options +Indexes
DirectoryIndex index.html index.htm default.htm

I added the DirctoryIndex line, but get the same error with or without that line.

If I try to browse any file including the root site, I get the following error message:

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.

I'm assuming that this is a permission based issue, however I have 777 permissions set, so it should work. Any help would be appreciated!


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Last Post by illusionhell

check your permissions... is /home/domain/www readable by apache? Also, is the server & virtHost name really wild-carded? This may be a problem... I usually specify (e.g. for domains I use locally <VitualHost> (also match <NameVitualHost> ) ...blah blah.. ServerName mydom.dom

Also, if you're using symbolic links, you my need that option used here


The previous post was pretty much head on, one thing that I noticed is that if the /home directory does not have the +x flag to everyone, then it may not be able to go into your directory, may want to do chmod +x /home


Good Answer to his question, I was going to say as well if you are creating a Web server to host people on or even your own stuff.

Please make sure you have Firewall, IPTables, and GRSecurity.

I am hoping you understand what I mean.

Michael :cheesy:


change the file permission of index.html to 644
chmod 644 home/domain/www/index.html


if you copy and paste in the /opt/lampp/htdocs it will cause this problem,, better create yourself new index.html file from leafpad and copy paste the materials ...

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