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From Greg Baumgartel <>
Subject [users@httpd] Directory index forbidden by rule
Date Wed, 08 Jan 2003 23:47:34 GMT

. . . but which rule?

Apache 1.3.26 / Solaris

I have a subdirectory under the webserver that I want to be able to allow 
directory indexing on.  I"ve tried putting a

<Directory /directory>  # relative to DocumentRoot
     Options +Indexes
     AllowOverride Indexes

in the httpd.conf.  I've also tried with relative to the filesystem root in 
the Directory directive.  Yet I still cannot get an index, and the 
Directory index forbidden by rule in the error log.

As this is a production server, I can't tinker too much in the httpd.conf 
or bring it up and down a lot in order to try other configuration changes. 
  Is there any way to get it to be helpful and tell me WHICH rule in 
httpd.conf (or elsewhere) is blocking the index?  It's a big httpd.conf - 
57KB, which makes it even harder to tinker with.  Any other suggestions to 
let it index this directory and subdirectories?

Funny thing is, I know indexing works on another subdirectory that has an 
entry in httpd.conf just like the one above, but it reads

<Directory /distributions>
     Options FollowSymLinks
     AllowOverride Indexes

'distributions' is actually a symlink out of the DocumentRoot (one of them, 
at least).


Greg Baumgartel                                         (303) 226-9941
Qwest Information Technologies
Lead SW Development Engineer        

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