[pmwiki-users] 403 Forbidden Error - Which line in httpd.conf to fix?

Vince Administration vadmin at math.uconn.edu
Tue Jul 21 15:03:22 CDT 2009

This is something that perhaps you know, but in its wisdom Apple  
changed the user name that the web server runs under from www to  _www.
You might need to take a look at the files, and do some chown (change  

On Jul 21, 2009, at 3:29 PM, Grace Hensley wrote:

> Dear friends,
> I had a perfectly good pmwiki site running on my mac os x 10.4  
> laptop and then went and stupidly upgraded to 10.5 leopard, and  
> can't get my local wiki up.   Half the problem was finding the  
> right files to read and edit, which is why my problem outlined  
> below is a little bit verbose (perhaps someone will google a  
> similar problem and find your answer).
> For a while I didn't have my website running on http://localhost/ 
> ~myname/pmwiki at all until I turned on my Web Sharing System  
> Preferences.  Now, I've been getting a relentless 403 "Forbidden:  
> You don't have permission to access /~myname/pmwiki on this  
> server".  I finally found the error  message in the /var/log/ 
> apache2/error_log file which reads:  "Client denied by server  
> configuration: /Users/myname/Sites/pmwiki/"
> I read up on the error, and someone suggested that I merely change  
> "Deny from all" to "Allow from all" the <Directory> block in the / 
> etc/apache2/httpd.conf file.  After I stop/start apachectl, and  
> check the log, I get the "Directory index forbidden by Options  
> directive: /Users/myname/Sites/pmwiki/" and the same 403 error.   
> Don't worry, I set the .conf file back again.
> Shouldn't I be doing something else?  Is there a Load Module that I  
> should use, or set my Document Root to /Users/myname/Sites/pmwiki  
> or something?
> Any suggestions (other than jumping in the lake) are appreciated.
> Grace
> Seattle WA
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