403 Forbidden – You don’t have permission to access / on this server.This article shows you how to fix the above error.
The ErrorIf you browse to a site and get the following error:
Forbidden You don't have permission to access / on this server. Apache/1.3.9 Server at freebsddiary.unixathome.org Port 80
This error indicates that a default document could not be found at the specified URL and that directory listings are not permitted.
The solutionThe solution is quite simple. Edit /usr/local/etc/apache/httpd.conf and look for the following line:
This line indicates that if a URL does not contain an explicit filename, then the files specified on this line will be used by default. So if you are using index.htm, or default.htm as your default page, add them to this line. For example:
DirectoryIndex index.html index.htm default.htm
Then you should restart apache:
And you should also check the logs for any errors:
# tail /var/log/httpd-error.log [Thu Dec 23 21:56:12 1999] [notice] SIGHUP received. Attempting to restart [Thu Dec 23 21:56:16 1999] [notice] Apache/1.3.9 (Unix) FrontPage/184.108.40.206 mod_ssl/2.4.8 OpenSSL/0.9.4 configured -- resuming normal operations
Another situation (added on 3 May 2002)I found another situation which can cause this problem. I had a virtual host (yes, on a Solaris box) which contained this:
I also had http://10.0.1.249/~dlangille/ as my website. But index.html would not load. I’d get the Forbidden message indicated above. But I could browse to http://10.0.1.249/~dlangille/index.html and the file would load. By changing the Location directive as shown below, my index.html would display.<VirtualHost 10.0.1.249> DocumentRoot /opt/mystuff/webui ErrorLog /var/adm/webui-error.log CustomLog /var/adm/webui-access.log common <Location /> Options ExecCGI AllowOverride None DirectoryIndex login.cgi </Location> </VirtualHost>
<Directory /opt/mystuff/webui> Options ExecCGI AllowOverride None DirectoryIndex login.cgi </Directory>