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I have found on my debian server that running the lighttpd module mod_access is causing the server to response with a 403 to all POST requests.

It's very odd as I have two servers, one is running as I'd expect and the other keeps returning these 403's. They are running identical configs for lighttpd and php.

My lighttpd.conf is:

There is also one other custom conf:

I've opened up the servers for requests until I get this fixed, the server that works is and the one that fails is

After working out that disabling mod_access resolves the problem I greped all my lighttpd configs for uses of it (docs).

Disabling each line I found didn't help, leading me to think this is perhaps some default behaviour (or bug?)...

Has anyone come across this before or know what configuration value I've got wrong?


  Debian: Debian GNU/Linux 6.0.6 (squeeze)
Lighttpd: lighttpd/1.4.28 (ssl)
     PHP: PHP 5.3.19-1~dotdeb.0 with Suhosin-Patch (cli)

Cross-Post on the Lighttpd Forum


Using lighttpd -p -f /etc/lighttpd/lighttpd.conf and finding the old values still being loaded. Turned out there was no syslinks but full files instead in conf-enabled.

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Use lighttpd -p -f /etc/lighttpd/lighttpd.conf to verify the config looks like you want it to.

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Indeed as pointed out on the forums, using this showed I was not using syslinks in the conf-enabled directory. :| –  Sam Dec 13 '12 at 10:56

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