We have configured a web site with SSI for .html files on Apache/2.2.19 on CentOS 5.5 Linux. Works OK, but occasionally get 403 for the root page (index.html served as a directory index). No file system changes between when page works, doesn't work and then works again.
When it doesn't work it is as though Apache has decided that the index.html file does not exist so tries to serve a directory listing, but that is intentionally denied by our configuration.
Apache virtualhost specific error log contains entries like:
[Tue Aug 09 03:10:47 2011] [error] [client 188.8.131.52] Directory index forbidden by Options directive: /main/directory/
Apache general error log contains nothing.
Apache virtualhost specific access log contains entries like:
184.108.40.206 - - [09/Aug/2011:03:10:47 +0100] "GET / HTTP/1.1" 403 230 "-" "SAMSUNG-SGH-E250/1.0 Profile/MIDP-2.0 Configuration/CLDC-1.1 UP.Browser/220.127.116.11.c.1.101 (GUI) MMP/2.0 (compatible; Googlebot-Mobile/2.1; +http://www.google.com/bot.html)"
# fgrep 'GET / ' `ls -tr domain-access_log*` | cut -d ' ' -f 9 | sort | uniq -c 1339 200 1 206 31 304 29 403
Apache config looks lke: