I have two pdf files in my server:

-rwxr-xr-x. 1 apache apache 1422861 Sep 11  2014 file1.pdf
-rwxr-xr-x. 1 apache apache  340815 Aug 27 13:06 file2.pdf

I can access the first one by going to www.myserver.com/pdffiles/file1.pdf

I just uploaded the second one and changed permissions to apache:apache and rwxr-xr-x so I wouldn't have problems with permissions, but when I try to access the second file with www.myserver.com/pdffiles/file2.pdf I get this:


You don't have permission to access /pdffiles/file2.pdf on this server.

What am I missing?

I got the following on my ssl_error_log:

[Thu Aug 27 13:30:46.755295 2015] [core:error] [pid 3025] (13)Permission denied: [client x.x.x.x:60230] AH00132: file permissions deny server access: /var/www/myserver/file2.pdf

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I didn't know the problem was SELinux but I discovered that was the problem because I turned it off with setenforce 0 and then it worked. This is how it looked when I listed the files with ls -alZ

-rwxr-xr-x. apache apache unconfined_u:object_r:httpd_sys_rw_content_t:s0 file1.pdf
-rwxr-xr-x. apache apache unconfined_u:object_r:user_home_t:s0 file2.pdf

so I fixed it with:

chcon unconfined_u:object_r:httpd_sys_rw_content_t:s0 file2.pdf

and also I turned SELinux back on with setenforce 1.

  • Any sort of ACL would be fairly high on the list of suspects, as would immutability if it was a write problem.
    – mckenzm
    Mar 21, 2019 at 5:57

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