Bug 12086 - Access denied to apache web sites after running the apche portion of linuxconf or netconf
Summary: Access denied to apache web sites after running the apche portion of linuxcon...
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: linuxconf
Version: 6.2
Hardware: i386
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Nalin Dahyabhai
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Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2000-06-11 14:55 UTC by Bruce D. Meyer
Modified: 2008-05-01 15:37 UTC (History)
1 user (show)

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Last Closed: 2006-02-21 18:47:41 UTC

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Description Bruce D. Meyer 2000-06-11 14:55:43 UTC
After using linuxconf / apache and trying to renter the web site the 
httpd.conf file has shrunk significantly, and I am forbidden, even as 
local host. Response is similar to:



You don't have permision to access / on this server.
and the apache error log shows this:
[Sun Jun  4 00:40:55 2000] [error] [client] client denied by
server configuration: /home/httpd/html


Following this advice from a deja newsgroup works:

Edit /etc/httpd/conf/access.conf. If that file is empty (or missing)
then edit /etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf.

You'll see an area that says:
<Directory /home/httpd/html>

In that area, you should have:
allow from all

Apparently the conf program is inserting deny from all improperly.

Another user on that thread reported (But I have not confirmed): (I am 


Yep, Linuxconf shipped with Rh6.2 is buggy. It destroys httpd.conf on many 
systems (altough i do not know  what the "trigger factor" is for this bug)
Search httpd.conf for "Files" and you will find the 
<Files ... ... ... > header
which is SUPPOSED to look like this
<Files ~ "^\.ht">
if it looks any other way, edit it, restart apache (FULL stop/start, not 
restart) and never use linuxconf again. (or atleast not until redhat has 
declared this a bug)
Or use the "real" linuxconf and not Redhats bastardized version. 


I have had the above problem happen on three new Apache servers. (All 
different machines with RH62 installs)

Bruce Meyer

Comment 1 slive+bugzilla.redhat 2000-07-02 20:51:21 UTC
Is someone going to address this?  This problem is causing
no end of confused people in comp.infosystems.www.servers.unix.

Comment 2 John Clements 2000-07-12 06:00:47 UTC
I followed the above description but also found that linuxconf had inserted
quotes into all the <Directory...> tags. Once I fixed them everything worked.

Comment 3 Nalin Dahyabhai 2000-08-07 12:22:18 UTC
Until it's verified that linuxconf will not trash httpd.conf, we're disabling
the module.

Comment 4 Brent Fox 2002-06-05 16:12:39 UTC
Closing because we don't ship linuxconf anymore

Comment 5 Red Hat Bugzilla 2006-02-21 18:47:41 UTC
Changed to 'CLOSED' state since 'RESOLVED' has been deprecated.

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