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Apache problem: Forbidden. AllowOverride?

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Community Member, 6 Posts

29 November 2010 at 2:34am

Hi all,

I am trying to install Silverstripe 2.4.3 but I get this "Forbidden: You don't have permission to access / on this server." (403) error all the time. I think it is a problem with the Apache configuration on the server. Silverstripe should be installed on a subdomain "" so I created the file /etc/apache2/sites-available/ which contains the following lines:

<Directory /var/www/>
    AllowOverride All
    Options +Indexes
    Order allow,deny
    Allow from all

<VirtualHost *:80>
    DocumentRoot /var/www/

<VirtualHost *:443>
    DocumentRoot /var/www/

    SSLEngine On
    SSLCertificateFile /etc/apache2/ssl/
    SSLCertificateKeyFile /etc/apache2/ssl/
    SSLCertificateChainFile /etc/apache2/ssl/

Of course I have enabled the site by using:

sudo a2ensite

And afterwards restarted Apache with

sudo /etc/init.d/apache2 restart

Now when I surf to the subdomain I get the following 403 error:


You don't have permission to access / on this server.

I have tried all kinds of things but I can't get it to work. One of the things I have tried is to edit httpd.conf and apache2.conf and set AllowOverride to All...doesn't make difference...

Does anyone know how to solve this problem? I am kind of desperate right now...

(The whole subdomain directory is chmodded to 755 and is owned by the user/group www-data)


Community Member, 96 Posts

29 November 2010 at 6:13am


What's in your .htaccess file?


Forum Moderator, 922 Posts

29 November 2010 at 12:57pm

Still sounds like a file owner issue. Are you sure some of the files are owned by the webserver user?

Also does the .htaccess file have a RewriteBase line?