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From Bennett Haselton <>
Subject Re: [users@httpd] '403 forbidden' when trying to serve index.html
Date Thu, 15 Jul 2010 00:21:22 GMT
At 05:06 PM 7/14/2010, Frank Gingras wrote:

>On 07/14/2010 08:01 PM, Bennett Haselton wrote:
>>A consultant is giving me instructions for compiling a second copy of
>>Apache on my server to listen on a different port from the main Apache.
>>The second copy resides under /root/httpd, the httpd.conf file contains
>>the line
>>DocumentRoot "/root/httpd/htdocs"
>>so I assume that attempting to browse
>> should attempt to load the contents
>>of /root/httpd/htdocs/index.html. (This webserver is set to listen on
>>port 8080 so as not to conflict with the main webserver.)
>>However, gives "403 Forbidden" and
>>we can't figure out why. Here's what I know:
>>"ps auwx | grep httpd" shows several instances of:
>>apache 4585 1.0 1.7 30656 17932 ? S 14:59 1:11 /usr/sbin/httpd
>>(the main webserver that was originally on the machine)
>>and several instances of:
>>daemon 7199 0.0 0.1 4700 1992 ? S 16:56 0:00 /root/httpd/bin/httpd 
>>-k start
>>which is the test Apache. The permissions on
>>/root/httpd/htdocs/index.html are:
>>[root@sls-ec5p18 bin]# ls -l /root/httpd/htdocs/index.html
>>-rw-r--r-- 1 daemon root 53 Jul 13 11:41 /root/httpd/htdocs/index.html
>>[root@sls-ec5p18 bin]#
>>(that was after I changed ownership of the file to the "daemon" user to
>>see if that would enable Apache to read it, but it didn't).
>>and selinux is disabled:
>>[root@sls-ec5p18 bin]# sestatus
>>SELinux status: disabled
>>Since index.html is world-readable, *and* in fact owned by the user
>>"daemon" (the same user that this custom build of Apache is running
>>under), any idea why index.html would be bringing up '403 forbidden'?
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>How about the entry from the error log, first?

That just says:

[Wed Jul 14 17:17:17 2010] [error] [client] 
(13)Permission denied: access to /index.html denied


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