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I am following a book's chapter on setting up Virtual Hosts. The process is:

1.create a file /etc/httpd/conf.d/example.com.conf 2.set its content to

<VirtualHost *:80>
    ServerName www.example.com
    ServerAlias example.com
    DocumentRoot    /var/www/html/example/
</VirtualHost>

And finally

3.execute apachectl configtest and apachectl graceful

This appears to be working. But more commonly, DocumentRoot is located in /home/exampleuser/public_html. This path is problematic to apache group so I modified permissions to

drwxr-x--- 3 exampleuser apache 4096 Feb  8 09:50 exampleuser
drwxr-xr-x 2 exampleuser apache 4096 Feb  8 09:55 public_html

where exampleuser is the user that to which the the directory belongs and was created with useradd exampleuser command.

I also added this code in /etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf and reloaded httpd.service.

<Directory “/home/exampleuser/public_html”>
      Options Indexes FollowSymLinks
      AllowOverride None
      Require all granted
</Directory>

The book doesn't state what is the correct permission configuration so I am wondering if I have done it correctly? Is there a security issue if I leave the permissions as they are now?

httpd error_log file

[Wed Feb 08 10:25:55.453239 2017] [mpm_prefork:notice] [pid 4848] AH00171: Graceful restart requested, doing restart
AH00558: httpd: Could not reliably determine the server's fully qualified domain name, using example.com. Set the 'ServerName' directive globally to suppress this message
[Wed Feb 08 10:25:55.732490 2017] [auth_digest:notice] [pid 4848] AH01757: generating secret for digest authentication ...
[Wed Feb 08 10:25:55.733391 2017] [lbmethod_heartbeat:notice] [pid 4848] AH02282: No slotmem from mod_heartmonitor
[Wed Feb 08 10:25:55.736501 2017] [:warn] [pid 4848] NSSSessionCacheTimeout is deprecated. Ignoring.
[Wed Feb 08 10:25:55.745349 2017] [mpm_prefork:notice] [pid 4848] AH00163: Apache/2.4.6 (CentOS) OpenSSL/1.0.1e-fips mod_auth_kerb/5.4 mod_fcgid/2.3.9 mod_nss/1.0.14 NSS/3.21 Basic ECC configured -- resuming normal operations
[Wed Feb 08 10:25:55.745375 2017] [core:notice] [pid 4848] AH00094: Command line: '/usr/sbin/httpd -D FOREGROUND'
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What's quotes in config?

<Directory “/home/exampleuser/public_html”>

Try:

<Directory "/home/exampleuser/public_html">

And see log into /var/log.

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  • nice catch. I edited it, but I think it didn't change anything. I successfully loaded index.html in public_html before and after changing it. I updated question with error_log file
    – sanjihan
    Feb 8 '17 at 10:29

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