apache doc folder permissions problem

Murray Eisenberg murrayeisenberg at gmail.com
Thu Jun 17 19:32:38 UTC 2021

I’m at a loss what to do in response to the reply, below, from Bill Cole.

I note that to the best of my knowledge, nothing changed as to the attributes or permissions of any of the user doc folders listed in my httpd-vhosts.conf file except as may have been done without my knowledge in an update to macOS 11.3 or 11.4, or in case of some change in the MacPorts files supporting apache — but I believe I’m still using the very same configuration files, including httpd.conf, httpd-vhosts.conf, and httpd-userdir.conf (and /private/etc/hosts) as I have in the past!

1. What should I do with respect to extended attributes? I get:

	[~] % ls -le Sites
	total 32 [some results omitted from list]
	drwxr-xr-x@ 23 me  staff   736 Jul 31  2020 Math421Blog
	drwxr-xr-x@ 92 me  staff  2944 Apr 10  2015 MyHomePage
	drwxr-xr-x  32 me  staff  1024 Jun 12 15:32 RapidWeaver
	drwxr-xr-x@ 20 me  staff   640 Jun 17 10:23 html
	drwxr-xr-x  10 me  staff   320 Aug 27  2017 newsite


	[~] % ls -le Sites/MyHomePage
	total 541576 [I show only a couple of the files & folders]
	drwxr-xr-x@  73 me  staff       2336 Jan 31  2015 Math_127
	drwxr-xr-x@ 146 me  staff       4672 Jan 31  2015 Math_131
	-rw-r--r--@   1 me  staff       8331 Apr 10  2015 index.html
	-rw-r--r--@   1 me  staff      39890 Jun  2  2010 me.jpg
	-rw-r--r--@   1 me  staff        695 Feb 24  2011 site.css
	-rw-r--r--@   1 me  staff       1385 Feb 24  2011 style.css

2. In the vhost-specific error log /opt/local/var/log/apache2/me-MyHomePageerror_log I’m finding entries like this:
[Thu Jun 17 15:17:10.509589 2021] [core:error] [pid 13543] (13)Permission denied: [client] AH00035: access to / denied (filesystem path '/Users/me/Sites') because search permissions are missing on a component of the path
[Thu Jun 17 15:17:10.551868 2021] [core:error] [pid 13543] (13)Permission denied: [client] AH00035: access to /favicon.ico denied (filesystem path '/Users/me/Sites') because search permissions are missing on a component of the path, referer: http://myhomepage.local/
[Thu Jun 17 15:19:00.531386 2021] [core:error] [pid 13498] (13)Permission denied: [client] AH00035: access to / denied (filesystem path '/Users/me/Sites') because search permissions are missing on a component of the path
3. File httpd.conf includes the lines:
	DocumentRoot "/opt/local/www/apache2/html"
	<Directory "/opt/local/www/apache2/html">
	    Options Indexes FollowSymLinks
	    AllowOverride None
	    Require all granted
I don’t think that’s changed.
4. The errors are occurring with Opera as well as with Safari. I don’t know if there’s any browser setting that’s upgrading http to https; I am explicitly using the “http:” prefix in “http://MyHomePage.local <http://myhomepage.local/>"
On June 13 at 16:21 UTC 2021, Bill Cole <billcole at apache.org> wrote:

On 2021-06-13 at 11:47:53 UTC-0400 (Sun, 13 Jun 2021 11:47:53 -0400)
Murray Eisenberg <murrayeisenberg at gmail.com <https://lists.macports.org/mailman/listinfo/macports-users>>
is rumored to have said:

> ls -ld Sites
> drwxr-xr-x@ 18 me  staff  576 Feb 27 10:37 Sites

4 thoughts:

1. The '@' indicating the existence of extended attributes could be 
overriding the '+' that is shown on files with extended ACLs, so any 
level in the directory tree COULD have an ACL blocking the webserver 
from reading the files or scanning the directories. Check with 'ls -le' 
to be sure. This would be a simple but unlikely cause of the problem.

2. Check the error logs for details of the failure. There is a 
vhost-specific error log defined, but there should also be a server-wide 
error log which may contain illuminating entries.

3. Check the main httpd.conf for Directory or Location directives that 
may be interfering with the Directory directives in the VirtualHost 

4. Make sure you don't have anything automatically 'upgrading' you to 
HTTPS. This can be in the server config or in a browser setting.

>> On 12 Jun2021, at 8:37 PM, Jeff Greenberg 
>> <listmail.ayendesigns at gmail.com <https://lists.macports.org/mailman/listinfo/macports-users>> wrote:
>> How about the permissions on the Sites folder?
>> On Jun 12, 2021, at 20:24, Murray Eisenberg 
>> <murrayeisenberg at gmail.com <https://lists.macports.org/mailman/listinfo/macports-users>> wrote:
>> For the Macports apache2 installation, I’m using a non-default 
>> location for my web sites. The httpd.conf includes a 
>> httpd-vhosts.conf file, and the latter includes entries such as:
>> <VirtualHost *:80>
>>     DocumentRoot "/Users/me/Sites/MyHomePage"
>>     ServerName MyHomePage.local
>>     ServerAlias www.MyHomePage.local <http://www.myhomepage.local/ <http://www.myhomepage.local/>>
>>     ErrorLog  "var/log/apache2/me-MyHomePageerror_log"
>>     CustomLog "var/log/apache2/me-MyHomePage-access_log" common
>>     <Directory /Users/me/Sites/MyHomePage>
>>        Options Indexes FollowSymLinks
>>        Require all granted
>>    </Directory>
>> </VirtualHost>
>> And in my /private/etc/hosts I include the lines:
>>	localhost
>>	broadcasthost
>> ::1             localhost
>> fe80::1%lo0	localhost
>>	me-html.local
>>	MyHomePage.local
>> When I start apache and try to open the site MyHomePage.local, i get 
>> error:
>> 	Forbidden You don't have permission to access this resource.
>> The permissions on /Users/me/Sites/MyHomePage are:
>> 	drwxr-xr-x@ 92 me  staff 2944 Apr 10 2015 MyHomePage
>> and the permissions for /Users/me/Sites/MyHomePage/index.html are:
>> 	-rw-r--r--@ 1 me  staff 8331 Apr 10 2015 index.html
>> What’s wrong?

Murray Eisenberg			murrayeisenberg at gmail.com
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