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I'm running an Ubuntu 12.04.3 Server and I'm trying to configure some virtual hosts.

I followed this guide here

But instead of using a directory within the var/www folder I used a new user I created's home folder so I can have an easy ftp log in for each of my sites and they are out the way of each other;

ie. home/newuser/live

However; When I go to the domain I'm getting a;

Forbidden You don't have permission to access /index.html on this server.

I'm not really sure if it's something to do with the permissions changes in the guide where I did;

sudo chown -R $USER:$USER /home/newuser/live

sudo chmod -R 755 /home/newuser/live

The error to me suggests that what I've done has worked right - I just have some permission issues going wrong somewhere. Is it possible to do what I'm wanting to do?

I've read somewhere about using a symlink - is this a good idea or what would be the best solution?

I've not really got any experience with virtual hosts so all help is REALLY appreciated


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Could you post a copy of your configuration for this virtual host? You're not using an .htaccess file, are you? – user16081-JoeT Sep 16 '13 at 22:39

Check the status of selinux. In traditional Linux the chmod command should have given you the correct access for viewing pages.


if it is enabled and you aren't sure what it is, either research selinux and learn it, or just research how to disable it....

failing that, your document root is likely configured incorrectly.

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I don't appear to have selinux or apparmour installed. - Would you assume it was to do with the permission changes in sudo chown -R $USER:$USER /home/newuser/live & sudo chmod -R 755 /home/newuser/live ? or is it before that? – Jamie Sep 16 '13 at 21:29
without selinux / the like in the way i assume it is ` DocumentRoot /var/www/` or there around from the guide – Daniel Widrick Sep 16 '13 at 21:32
Thanks - I'll have a look into it and see what I can figure out - thanks for the help. – Jamie Sep 16 '13 at 21:38
if you notice any more info update the question and we can work from there. right now there are a ton of variables up in the air. – Daniel Widrick Sep 16 '13 at 21:39

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