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I have defined a single vhost configuration (see below) for a domain. All HTML files in the root get served properly. But I can't access any files within a particular sub-directory called 'icons'. or work fine but gives a 'File not found error' despite the file actually being there.

Moreover, when I try to access , instead of getting an error, a file listing of the apache icon directory is displayed! should serve from /var/www/ and should serve from /var/www/ but instead a directory listing of /var/www/icons is shown. works and serves correctly from /var/www/

Another funny this is, directory listing is disabled but a listing of the icon directory is still displayed for

DocumentRoot "/var/www/html"

# First, we configure the "default" to be a very restrictive set of
# features.
<Directory />
    Order deny,allow
    Deny from all
    Options None
    AllowOverride None

<VirtualHost *:80>

     DocumentRoot /var/www/

     <Directory /var/www/>
     Order allow,deny
     Allow from all

     WSGIDaemonProcess app display-name=%{GROUP}  processes=2 threads=5 maximum-requests=5
     WSGIProcessGroup app

     WSGIScriptAlias /app /var/www/app/app.wsgi

     <Directory /var/www/app>
     Order allow,deny
     Allow from all

     ErrorLog /var/www/
     CustomLog /var/www/ combined
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search in your apache config directory for /icons. you'll probably find in one of the files something like:

Alias /icons/ "/usr/share/apache2/icons/"

in debian/ubuntu world this is set in /etc/apache2/mods-enabled/alias.conf

files served from that directory are used for icons in directories listings generated by apache. just comment out this line and restart the server.

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Thanks, don't know how I missed that. :) – Sam Nov 22 '09 at 12:01
For all XAMPP users: I've found an icons alias line in apache/conf/extra/httpd-autoindex.conf. If you don't find it, it'll be the best to search in the whole conf directory (e.g. using Notepad++). – ComFreek May 22 '13 at 11:41

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