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My apache server runs as user foo.

I have some Rails applications in /home/foo/app1 /home/foo/app2. Each of them has an vhost

<VirtualHost *:80>
    DocumentRoot /var/www/html/app1/current/public
    RailsEnv production
    <Directory /var/www/html/app1/current/public>
    AllowOverride all
     Options -MultiViews

I have a symlink in /var/www/html/app1 :

current -> /home/foo/app1/tmp_20102611

All file permissons are set correctly (user foo group foo), I can go through the filesystem from shell.

SELINUX is disabled

Distro is CentOs 5.5

Which the above symlink I get an 403 and an error entry in error_log

Symbolic link not allowed or link target not accessible:/var/www/html/app1/current

When I symlink my app in the subdir of /var/www/html instead of /home/foo it works.

How I can avoid this error still placing my app in my /home/foo directory ?

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If I may suggest you read about SELinux on It would better to have SELinux running and just modify your file securities to better secure your linux machine. – user108076 Jan 24 '12 at 9:00

I had a very similar problem. Like you, I was unable to follow symlinks under my home directory even though I had the FollowSymlinks enabled plus I could ls around with my http user, but putting symlinks under /srv/http worked just fine... I fixed it by chmod'ing my home directory to be executable:

chmod +x /home/mgalgs

And that did it for me! Maybe try

chmod +x /home/foo/app1
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You might try setting the option

Options +FollowSymLinks 

in your configuration. See the Documentation here for more details.

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not so easy, my Apache has this option turned on in my global config. Thanks anyway – astropanic Nov 26 '10 at 8:05
normally this gets set on a per directory base. can you us give the relevant configuration lines – pacey Nov 26 '10 at 8:31

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