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From Sander Temme <>
Subject Re: [users@httpd] permissions problem on my webserver
Date Fri, 04 Feb 2011 17:31:56 GMT

On Feb 4, 2011, at 7:08 AM, James Godrej wrote:

> when I go to a browser then rather than seeing the index page what I see is the 
> directory starts getting downloaded.(Now I see a permissions denied error)
> "You don't have permission to access / on this server."

You must have removed that index.html, and the resultant overlay of the Options statements
in your config is that Indexes are forbidden. 

Note that the default vhost on Ubuntu has a <Directory "/" > block, and the main server
config doesn't.  

I have never heard of Ilias, but you'll find that http://localhost/ilias/ will give you better


> Following is my vhost 
> <VirtualHost *:80>
>        ServerAdmin webmaster@localhost
>        DocumentRoot /var/www
>        ErrorLog /var/log/apache2/error.log
>        LogLevel warn
>        CustomLog /var/log/apache2/access.log combined
> </VirtualHost>

You don't specify Options Indexes for <Directory "/var/www">, so you're working with
whatever the server default is.  

> and following line I see in log 
> - - [04/Feb/2011:20:31:08 +0530] "GET / HTTP/1.1" 403 261 "-" 
> "Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux x86_64; en-US; rv: Gecko/20101027 
> Ubuntu/10.04 (lucid) Firefox/3.6.12"
> and in error.log 
> [Fri Feb 04 20:30:23 2011] [error] [client] Directory index 
> forbidden by Options directive: /var/www/
> [Fri Feb 04 20:31:08 2011] [error] [client] Directory index 
> forbidden by Options directive: /var/www/

Options, or lack thereof which means you're working with whatever is the server default.

> What should I do in this situation?

What are you trying to achieve?  The path to the Ilias installation is under the subdirectory,
can you get there?  Would you rather have that in the root dir? 

If you want to show content in the root dir, put content in there (you must have removed the
default index.html).  If you want to have Ilias in the root dir, unzip it there or make the
ilias directory your root.


Sander Temme
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