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From "Archie MacDonald (rsh)" <>
Subject [users@httpd] No access from external hosts specified in httpd.conf
Date Wed, 08 Jan 2003 10:32:40 GMT
Hi Apache Gurus

I have installed apache 1.3.27 on solaris 5.8  with php 4.2.3 as module
of apache.
Apache starts up okay and I can serve pages in my DocumentRoot and see
them in
my browser (Netscape). I can do this on other machines on my
departmental network
without any problem.

My problem is that I have changed the configure file to allow some
access from
some nasa jpl  machines but when I try to access the server from them it
fails with the
following message:-

" A network error occurred: unable to connect server (TCP Error: no
route to host)"

I have looked at the documentation,  also in
via google and at the website but have not been able to solve

In the apache configure file I have tried (in <Directory> directive )
Allow from all
but still cannot access the server from the network.

I have tried using BindAddress *  and also :  Listen "my ip address
with and without the port no (80) specified in listen and none has
worked for
external access. I currently have Listen specified. I also have the Port
80 specified
as the port to listen to.

I used netstat -an | grep ".80 "  to find out if in fact it was
listening and it seemed to be
and I got ( server ip address removed):-

"my server ip address here".80         *.*                0      0
24576      0 LISTEN

As I mentioned , in the  server conf file I have used  the allow from
options to
specify specific networks to allow. (See below). I have even tried
specific computers but with no luck.

The following  has been extracted from my .config file:-

[lots snipped ..]

<Directory "my document root here">
    Options Indexes FollowSymLinks MultiViews +Includes
    AllowOverride None
    Order deny,allow
    Deny from all
    Allow from
    Allow from
    Allow from 137.79.7

[ more sniped here ...]

<Directory /eosmls/local/apache/htdocs>
  AllowOverride none
  Options Indexes FollowSymLinks +Includes
  order deny,allow
  deny from all
  allow from 129.215.133  137.79.7

[ lots more snipped ...]

If I change the allow from 129.215.133  137.79.7
to be separate allow from lines the error message from netscape changes
to :-

    "There was no response, the server may be down or not responding"

I looked in the log files (error,custom) but found nothing useful. No
error appears
when the external host is unable to connect. I changed the LogLevel  to
debug but
still nothing useful... :-(

Does anyone have any Ideas or suggestions of further things to look at
investigate.  I am a novice/newbie  with apache so I hope you can bear
with me.

Thanks in advance.

Regards, Archie

 Archie MacDonald                    Email:
 EOS MLS Research Associate          Phone: +44 131 650 5096
 Institute for Meteorology           WWW  :
 School of Earth, Environmental and Geographical Sciences

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