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From "Boyle Owen" <>
Subject RE: [users@httpd] Very old problem without any new solution
Date Tue, 17 Aug 2004 07:44:39 GMT
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Stanislas de Ionecum []
> Sent: Montag, 16. August 2004 21:11
> To:
> Subject: [users@httpd] Very old problem without any new solution
> Hello,
> I searched the archive of the list without any insight. Other 
> mailing lists 
> are not helpful at all, so I'm forced to find help there.
> I'triyng to configure Apache virtual hosting on Windows XP in 
> order to test 
> my websites locally. My problem is that only the main 
> is working. 
> Any attenpt to access content of any other address or name 
> from my browser 
> will produce a 403 access denied error if I connected to the 
> internet and a 
> 404 error if I'm not connected. In other words, only
> show a web page and the virtual sites are completely ignored.
> Notice I tried to run Apache either from command line and as 
> service, but 
> with the same problem.
> The error.log show
> [Mon Aug 16 14:19:16 2004] [error] [client] Directory index 
> forbidden by rule: D:/pages_perso/Websites/myvirtualsite/
why is this a capital "W"-----------¦

Check your spelling - I know XP is case insensitive, but internally when
apache matches strings, it is case sensitive: Mixing case is asking for

So this means that you do not have a default file defined in the doc
root. The default file is called "index.html" but you can change this by
setting "DirectoryIndex" (see docs for details). Alternatively, you can
allow apache to make a directory listing by setting "Options Indexes" in
the directory container (see docs for details) inside the VH. Currently,
you have this option disabled. Because of you case mixup, your dir
container might not be being applied.

> If I connected to the internet, it does not show anything if I`m not 
> connected (403 error)

This sentence doesn't make any sense (are you connected or not?)

In any case, you cannot access from any network - it is an
internal loopback address which is only accessible from the same

> I configured the hosts file (located in 
> C:\Windows\system32\drivers\etc) 
> this way:
> localhost
> myvirtualsite
> And httpd.conf :
> NameVirtualHost
> <virtualhost>
> ServerName myvirtualsite
> ServerAdmin admin@localhost
> DocumentRoot "D:/pages_perso/websites/myvirtualsite"
> ScriptAlias "/cgi-bin/" "D:/pages_perso/websites/myvirtualsite/cgi-
> bin"
> </virtualhost>
> When, I try in my browser the following:
> http://myvirtualsite
> I get a big 403 error. 

Exactly. Apache is working perfectly. You simply haven't provided a
DirectoryIndex file and have disallowed directory listing.

To see it working, try http://myvirtualsite/actual_file_name...

Best regards,

Owen Boyle
SWX Swiss Exchange
10 cours de Rive, 1211 Geneva 3, Switzerland
tel: +41 58 854 5648 | fax +41 58 854 5643 

> And even if I try with:
> http://localhost
> I have the same error. The error may also be 404, but there 
> is always an 
> error.
> I tried to use the port 8080... Nothing.
> I tried to make the myvirtualsite directory public in my 
> permissions... 
> Nothing
> I tried with NameVirtualHost *:80 or even NameVirtualHost * 
> but I get the 
> following when I start apache: NameVirtualHost *:80 or 
> NameVirtualHost *:0 
> has not virtual hosts.
> I tried to add the following lines just avove the 
> NameVirtualHost directive:
> <Directory "D:/pages_perso/websites/myvirtualsite">
>     Options Indexes FollowSymLinks Includes FollowSymLinks 
> SymLinksifOwnerMatch ExecCGI
>     AllowOverride None
>     Allow from all
> </Directory>
> <Directory "D:/pages_perso/websites/myvirtualsite">
>    AllowOverride None
>     Options Indexes FollowSymLinks Includes SymLinksifOwnerMatch
>     Order allow,deny
>     Allow from all
> </Directory>
> But still not works, it's even worse: with these directives, 
> the 404 error 
> is permanent either I'm connected or not to the internet.
> This is very old problem, the internet is full of questions 
> about that with 
> no valuable solutions. Everyone has these problems and the Apache 
> documentation remain very poor about that and very 
> superficial as well.
> Have you any idea? If you need the entire httpd.conf file I 
> can send it.
> Thanks
> SdeI
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