I have a server (OS is CentOS) which has Apache. My default folder is /var/www/html/. When I add my domain this folder it works.

But when I do this in httpd.conf

<VirtualHost *:80>
    ServerAdmin webmaster@mydomain.com
    DocumentRoot /space/www/htdocs

    <Directory /space/www/htdocs>
        Options Indexes FollowSymLinks
        AllowOverride None
        Order allow,deny
        Allow from all

    ServerName mydomain.com
    ServerAlias www.mydomain.com
    ErrorLog logs/mydomain.com-error_log
    CustomLog logs/mydomain.com-access_log common

403 happens. What should I do?

  • 1
    Is your /space/www/htdocs folder has same permissions & ownership as /var/www/html
    – Raza
    Jun 20, 2013 at 20:15
  • Yes both are root:root.
    – borayeris
    Jun 20, 2013 at 20:19
  • root:root, but permissions ? it must be 755 Jun 20, 2013 at 20:23
  • Yes all directories are 755 and files are 644.
    – borayeris
    Jun 20, 2013 at 20:29
  • try <Directory "/space/www/htdocs"> instead of <Directory /space/www/htdocs>
    – Raza
    Jun 20, 2013 at 20:46

1 Answer 1


Your setup seems ok.

but you may need to modify the SELinux file context database, or change the SELinux type of certain file.

Run the following command,

semanage fcontext -a -t httpd_sys_content_t '/space(/.*)?'

restorecon -vR /space

by default the file content of your web server is public_content_t, so you need to change into httpd_content_t to allow web server the contents out.

  • First of all thank you very very much. My OS is CentOS and it doesn't have semanage by default. So I istalled policycoreutils-python. That way I could use your commands. I've been using *nix amateurishly for 10 years and never heard this type of file permission. I want to learn more about this. What is it?
    – borayeris
    Jun 21, 2013 at 19:54
  • 1
    Its comes under the topic of SELinux (Security Enhanced Linux). Refer the link for more info, drupalwatchdog.com/2/2/apache-selinux Jun 24, 2013 at 4:56

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