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From Aaron Morris <>
Subject Re: [users@httpd] Public_html brain gas
Date Wed, 30 Jul 2003 03:45:08 GMT
drwx-------- is common for home directories.  In octal notation, that is 
0700.  It keeps all other users out of your home directory.  You would 
probably be better off setting your home directory to 0711.  While other 
users would be able go into your home directory, they cannot do 
directory listing and have to know the exact file or directory name to 
find anything (security though obscurity, if you will).  In the case of 
Apache, it knows exactly what it is looking for.

Also, you said you set the directory to 677, I assume you meant 766, 677 
would be very bad :-) .  I do not think 766 would work very well, since 
directories need the executable bit set to be traversed.  I think 766 is 
supposed to be 755.

Sparky Kopetzky wrote:
> BINGO!!!!!! The chase was on and I found the my 'home' dir was a LINK!!!
> Chased that bugger down and found the 'nmdav' directory was not '766' but
> something else: drwx--------. Don't know what that is but I changed it to
> 677 and got the damned phpinfo.php to run.
> Thanks to all for their help. Now, I'll log this on my notes as to setting
> up the 'right' directory and not chasing my tail off.
> Robin E. Kopetzky
> Black Mesa Computers/Internet Services

Aaron W Morris <> (decep)

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