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From Ben Gardiner <>
Subject Re: [users@httpd] Flag to enable reading plain ASCII
Date Tue, 25 Oct 2005 16:17:43 GMT
The Apache error_log tells me, on many lines,
"Directory index forbidden by rule."  The directories mentioned
are all deep in the database, indicating that they come from a
search engine's stored data because no one today can go that
deep into the database, though it used to be visible and
visitable when the engines stored the records.

How can I make the rule change to permit access to the
directory index?  It was done before, but not by me, and I
am unable to contact the person who did it.

Without this access, the page which was getting several
thousand hits a day is now almost useless.

Thanks for any help.


On 10/24/05, Joshua Slive <> wrote:
> On 10/24/05, Ben Gardiner <> wrote:
> >
> > On 10/24/05, Ben Gardiner <> wrote:
> > > Thanks, Joshua, for responding.  I haven't *done* anything yet.  What
> > > I want is for callers to be able to read both .html files and plain
> > > ascii.  I have about 16,000 plain ascii files (from ages ago when it
> > > was a BBS) which were readable at the previous site.
> > >
> > > I moved everything to godaddy, where I have a virtual dedicated
> > > server.  And now the caller gets an error message "You don't have the
> > > pemissions to read (name of file or directory/file)"  I have checked
> > > the permissions, they are all readable by outsiders.
> > >
> First thing to do is check the apache error log.  It will tell you
> what the problem is.
> As I mentioned earlier, apache does not inherently treat text files
> any different from html (other than sending a different Content-Type
> header).
> Joshua.

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