[TriLUG] Apache2 Strange Behavior

Steve Hoffman srhoffman at gmail.com
Fri Apr 21 09:28:33 EDT 2006

I had something similar happen once and it turned out to be a .htaccess file
in the document root for the default server.


On 4/21/06, Brian Blater (BBList) <bblist at ridetta.org> wrote:
> I have a LAMP server running SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 (Apache 2.0.54,
> MySQL 4.1.18 and PHP 5.1.2). This machine will eventually serv up several
> name based virtual hosts. I have this currently configured for a default
> site and three additional sites for testing.
> Here is what's happening. If I browse to the default site (
> http://defaultsite) I get an "Access Forbidden!" error 403. I can however
> access the site by (http://defaultsite/index.html) or any other html or
> php file in the document root dir. I am also able to access the virtual
> sites without explicitly using index.html.
> In the error_log file it only shows - [error] [client X.X.X.X] Directory
> index forbidden by rule: /srv/www/defaultsite/. I did a search for this and
> someone suggested turning on indexing by setting "Options Indexes". But this
> only allows me to view the files in the directory which is what I don't want
> and does not automatically serv up index.html. I made sure that httpd.confcontained the DirectoryIndex
> index.html setting and have gone through the config files multiple times,
> but I'm just not seeing anything out of the ordinary.
> Anybody have any ideas what I'm missing here? I'm pulling my hair out on
> this one (it is Friday, not Monday correct?)
> Thanks,
> Brian
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