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From Ben Gardiner <>
Subject Fwd: [users@httpd] Flag to enable reading plain ASCII
Date Mon, 24 Oct 2005 23:40:34 GMT
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From: Joshua Slive <>
Date: Oct 24, 2005 12:41 PM
Subject: Re: [users@httpd] Flag to enable reading plain ASCII

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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.
> Next thing, I thought, is to re-configure the Apache server to clear
> up the problem.  I have not done anything (yet) to the Apache
> configuration.
> My question is what do I need to do in order to enable callers to read
> the plain ascii files?  Is this something that Apache can do, or is my
> problem in another area?
> It used to work, and work fine.  What the caller saw was a page of
> directories, and clicking on any of them would produce a subpage of
> either files or directories.  (I mean only the names.  The caller had
> to click on a name to get the actual file.)
> I was assuming that the error message about permissions meant that
> httpd was unable to deliver the file or move  the caller to the
> directory.
> The permissions are _rwxr_xr_x on the files, and
> drwxrwxrwx on the directories.  Am I wrong about those permission settings?
> Any help would be much appreciated.  The page was getting 5,000-10,000
> hits a day in the past.
> Ben
> On 10/24/05, Joshua Slive <> wrote:
> > On 10/24/05, Ben Gardiner <> wrote:
> > > Among the many flags in httpd.conf I cannot figure out what would
> > > enable the server to read both HTML and plain ASCII.  This is pretty
> > > basic but I have not done it before -- somebody else did it, at a
> > > previous site, and is no longer available to tell me how.
> > >
> > > Can anyone tell me which flag to open and what to say or change?
> >
> > Nothing needs to be changed.  Apache doesn't care about the contents of files.
> >
> > Perhaps if you explained exactly what you tried and exactly what the
> > result was, we could better help. It always helps to include relevant
> > log extracts.
> >
> > Joshua.
> >
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