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I'm trying to configure apache with django on Ubuntu 12.04. I'm using mod_wsgi. I used a couple of different tutorials but none of them fully worked for me. Frustrated, I installed nginx without removing Apache. Tried configuring nginx. Failed. Removed nginx. Now I'm back to trying to configure Apache. However, I'm getting this error:

Forbidden

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

Apache/2.2.22 (Ubuntu) Server at localhost Port 80

Any help would be appreciated. Also if someone has experience configuring Apache with Django and could help me, I would highly appreciate it. If you need the error.log, please let me know and I'll paste it here. I installed Apache as part of the lamp stack in case you are curious.

If someone knows a tutorial that worked for them, please paste the url. I noticed that quite a few of the tutorials that I did are old, while django is a rapidly evolving framework.

Here are the permissions for var/www:

drwxr-xr-x  14 root root  4096 Jun 16 15:43 var
drwxr-xr-x  5 maahd maahd    4096 May 29 14:20 www

-rwxr-xr-x 1 maahd maahd  580 Mar 27 17:01 ajax.php
-rwxr-xr-x 1 maahd maahd  177 Feb 15 05:08 index.html
drwxr-xr-x 2 maahd maahd 4096 Apr 24 12:35 phploginsession
-rwxr-xr-x 1 maahd maahd 1356 Apr 21 14:24 sftp-config.json
-rwxr-xr-x 1 maahd maahd   18 Mar 12 14:03 test1.php
drwxr-xr-x 5 maahd maahd 4096 Apr 22 13:49 upload

Contents of /etc/apache2/httpd.conf:

ServerName localhost
LoadModule wsgi_module modules/mod_wsgi.so

WSGIScriptAlias / /var/www/sp-django-master/mysite/wsgi.py
WSGIPythonPath /var/www/sp-django-master/

<Directory /var/www/sp-django-master/mysite>
<Files wsgi.py>
Order deny,allow
Allow from all
</Files>
</Directory>

Update: I get this error when I try to restart server:

 * Restarting web server apache2                                                         /usr/sbin/apache2ctl: 87: ulimit: error setting limit (Operation not permitted)
[Tue Jun 17 00:09:53 2014] [warn] module wsgi_module is already loaded, skipping
/usr/sbin/apache2ctl: 87: ulimit: error setting limit (Operation not permitted)
[Tue Jun 17 00:09:53 2014] [warn] module wsgi_module is already loaded, skipping
(13)Permission denied: make_sock: could not bind to address 0.0.0.0:80
no listening sockets available, shutting down
Unable to open logs
Action 'start' failed.
The Apache error log may have more information.

Output of lsof -i -P -n | grep 80

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thanks

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There should be an error in the log when that 403 happens. Can you also provide the relevant config (probably the virtual host)? –  Shane Madden Jun 16 at 20:29
    
[Mon Jun 16 23:33:45 2014] [error] [client 127.0.0.1] (13)Permission denied: access to / denied [Mon Jun 16 23:33:45 2014] [error] [client 127.0.0.1] (13)Permission denied: access to /favicon.ico denied –  maahd Jun 16 at 20:35
    
What do the permissions look like on the configured document root? (ls -la) –  Shane Madden Jun 16 at 20:37
    
Can you edit that output into your question? I assume that means /var/www is your document root, right? Can you please provide the config of the virtual host? –  Shane Madden Jun 16 at 20:44
    
I added the output into my question. /var/www is the server root directory for the lamp stack. I'm not really sure what will be the server root once I'm done configuring django. But my php websites were running out of /var/www. I'm not sure what you mean by config of the virtual host since I'm a newbie. However, I added contents of /etc/apache2/httpd.conf to my question above. –  maahd Jun 16 at 20:52

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Your content is trying to run out of /home/maahd/development/django/sp-django-master, for which the user Apache is running as (www-data by default on Ubuntu) does not have access.

Most likely it can't even traverse into your user's home directory, you should probably move that directory somewhere that it can access (and reconfigure accordingly) instead of mangling your home directory's permissions.

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Okay. So I moved my django web app folder to /var/www. Here are the permissions: drwxrwxr-x 6 maahd maahd 4096 Jun 15 13:50 sp-django-master. I also reconfigured httpd.conf which I updated above in the question. Still getting the 403 error. Furthermore, I cannot restart my server. It gives an error that I have included in the question above. –  maahd Jun 16 at 21:12
    
@maahd You have something else bound on port 80, possibly an old Apache process that hasn't stopped. Stop Apache then run lsof -i -P -n | grep 80 - what's listening on that port? –  Shane Madden Jun 16 at 21:24
    
I remember I configured nginx to listen on port 80. Shouldn't have installed one server on top of another. Big mistake. I've pasted output from lsof -i -P -n | grep 80 above in the question. It's really long so I apologize for that but I couldn't make much sense of it. –  maahd Jun 16 at 21:41
    
@maahd Can Apache start successfully once nginx has been stopped? –  Shane Madden Jun 16 at 21:45
    
I uninstalled nginx some time ago (before posting this question). I was also having a tough time stopping apache so killed it. Now I just tried to start it and it worked! Furthermore, it is giving me Django database error which is really good news. The server is successfully communicating with/loading the django app with error traceback :). Now all I need to do it configure my DB. Thanks a lot for your help. I really really appreciate it! –  maahd Jun 16 at 21:55

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