I'm on Mac OSX and i I have apache2 installed via MacPorts, running as the _www user.
I have some files I want to serve in the /Users/Me/Documents/abc folder.
Right now, though, the permissions of /Users/Me/Documents are 700. So, _www can't get in, even if abc is chmod 777.
I recognize the following options:
- Allow _www access to my Documents folder.
- Put the files I want to share outside of my Documents folder.
- Hard-link the files outside of my Documents folder, and point apache to the hard links.
None of these solutions are acceptable to me, however. I don't feel safe allowing _www access to my entire Documents folder. I really want to keep the files in my Documents folder for other reasons. The files are changing all the time, so hard-linking would not always reflect the right file structure, and, as I understand it, you can't hard-link a directory (though, if you could, that would solve it).
Any ideas for a solution? Is there a way to run a few httpd processes as my user account so it can get in there?
Or, is there some way to hard-link a directory, or some way to get httpd to follow a symlink past a directory that is 700 not owned by _www?