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From Dick Gregor <>
Subject Re: [users@httpd] 403 error on Default Directory
Date Wed, 04 May 2011 15:49:31 GMT

dick gregor. PE

Yehuda Katz <> wrote:

On Thu, Apr 28, 2011 at 1:53 PM, J. Stephens <<>>
error log says "[Thu Apr 28 13:50:57 2011] [error] [client] client denied by
server configuration: /"
my website is at /var/www/<>.
Should it be saying that directory and not the root directory?
On Thu, Apr 28, 2011 at 10:37 AM, J. Stephens <<>>
I am getting 403 errors when I add a new vhost. at<>
I get 403, but at<>
it works. What are the possible causes of this 403 error?
All it is telling you is the configuration that is being inherited from a config for /.

The closest thing I have to Debian Squeeze is Ubuntu Lucid Lynx (10.04). It has this comment
in "/etc/apache2/conf.d/security":
# Disable access to the entire file system except for the directories that
# are explicitly allowed later.
# This currently breaks the configurations that come with some web application
# Debian packages. It will be made the default for the release after lenny.
#<Directory />
#       AllowOverride None
#       Order Deny,Allow
#       Deny from all

Since Squeeze is after Lenny, this might mean that a good place to start looking for your
problem is wherever you have your <Directory /var/www/<>>

Do you have the mod_info handler enabled? It might be able to help find the offending directive.

- Yehuda

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