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I tried to update my phpmyadmin to the newest version but now I get this error message when I try to access it:


You do not have permission to access this document.

I have a vps hosting with centos. Does anyone know how to fix this problem?

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Sounds like the new phpMyAdmin directory has the wrong permissions. Try:

chown -R apache:apache /home/somewhere/phpMyAdmin

Obviously substitute in the appropriate path to phpMyAdmin. Also check what user Apache is using (could be apache, nobody, www, www-data, etc...).

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Tried to run the command but nothing happened! – Levani Feb 25 '11 at 13:18
If it worked nothing will appear to have happened. Look at the directory to see if the ownership has changed (ls -al /somewhere/phpMyAdmin). – uesp Feb 25 '11 at 13:26
It could be wrong permissions, but it could also be other cases. You should look at the error logs, like @ooshro suggests. – That Brazilian Guy May 26 '14 at 17:08

First you need to look the logs. In CentOS Apache write log in /var/log/httpd/.

If "/home/somewhere/phpMyAdmin" is symlink, add "Options FollowSymlinks" inside ...

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