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From Joshua Slive <>
Subject Re: [users@httpd] httpd occasional 403 error
Date Tue, 30 Aug 2005 15:47:28 GMT
On 8/29/05, Dominique Fober <> wrote:
> I'm running apache on a linux station (detailed versions below) and I
> get occasional 403 errors (Directory index forbidden). 

> I can completely avoid these 403 errors using the '--cache=off' on the
> wget command line. I'm therefore suspecting that some 'cache strategy'
> could be involved in the problem but looking at the documentation, I
> can't find any explanation (cache seems to be mainly related to proxy
> and there is none in the local config and when I use wget).

--cache=off tells wget to send Pragma: no-cache, which shouldn't have
any effect unless there is some cache or proxy between you and the
server.  Are you sure you are directly accessing the server?

> Here is some additional information:
> - the server and system version numbers:
> Apache-AdvancedExtranetServer/2.0.50 (Mandrakelinux/7.3.101mdk)
> mod_perl/1.99_16 Perl/v5.8.5 mod_ssl/2.0.50 OpenSSL/0.9.7d PHP/4.3.8
> Linux #1 SMP Fri Oct 1 11:24:45 CEST 2004 i686
> Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 2.80GHz (official Mandrake 10.1)

Oooo.  I get scarded whenever I see that "AdvancedExtranet" stuff. 
That means a version of apache with random extra hacks added.  Who
knows what it will do.

> - some reports from error_log:
> [Thu Aug 25 11:15:09 2005] [error] [client] Directory
> index forbidden by rule: /home/www/html/Creation/Residences/Giroudon/
> [Mon Aug 29 17:57:14 2005] [error] [client] Directory index
> forbidden by rule: /home/www/html/
> errors are on any folder, access rights have been controled

> - an excerpt of the commonhttpd.conf
> <Directory /home/www/html>
>      Options -Indexes Includes FollowSymLinks -MultiViews

Well, you do have indexes turned off (although your Options line
doesn't make a lot of sense -- see the docs for Options).  Do you have
a file in those directories that matches the DirectoryIndex directive?


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