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From "Boyle Owen" <>
Subject RE: [users@httpd] No access from external hosts specified in httpd.conf
Date Wed, 08 Jan 2003 10:49:04 GMT
>-----Original Message-----
>From: Archie MacDonald (rsh) []
>Sent: Mittwoch, 8. Januar 2003 11:33
>To: apachie mailing
>Subject: [users@httpd] No access from external hosts specified in
>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)"

This is a TCP/IP layer problem - the client machine (browser) has no
entry in its routing table for the server. It is resolving the IP
address OK, but does not know where to send the packets. Ping, telnet
and all other TCP/IP based applications will also fail.

"netstat -r" will show you your routing table. Probably you will have an
entry which sets default to some router. The problem could be that the
server is unknown to the router...


Owen Boyle

>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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