I enabled the following on httpd.conf:

ExtendedStatus On

LoadModule status_module modules/mod_status.so

and also:

NameVirtualHost *:80

<VirtualHost *:80>
  ServerName myserver.com
  ServerAlias myserver.com 

  DocumentRoot /prod/html

  RewriteEngine on
  RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} .*myserver.com$
  RewriteRule /(.*) http://myserver.com/$1 [R,L]

**<Location /server-status>
    SetHandler server-status
    Order deny,allow
    Deny from all
    Allow from localhost


when running lynx http://localhost/server-status get the following message: You don't have permission to access /server-status on this server.

I don't see anything related to /server-status in my /etc/httpd folder these are the folders I have under /etc/httpd:

logs -> ../../var/log/httpd
modules -> ../../usr/lib/httpd/modules
run -> ../../var/run**

any idea why I get the "permission denied" error? do I need to install another package for get it? Thanks!! Dotan.

  • Maybe there is something wrong with VirtualHosts' configuration. It's hard to say without looking at full dump of Apache configuration. Did you restart Apache? Is there anything in ErrorLog? – 0xFF Dec 27 '12 at 19:32
  • This is the error I get: [Thu Dec 27 20:05:17 2012] [error] [client] client denied by server configuration: /prod/html/server-status – edotan Dec 27 '12 at 20:06
  • here is my httpd.conf: – edotan Dec 27 '12 at 21:42
  • Try adding ServerAlias localhost to this VirtualHost declaration. Try lynx http://myserver.com/server-status. Try temporary disabling mod_rewrite. As @Epaphus suggested try moving server-status declaration outside VirtualHost. Do you have any other VirtualHosts configured? – 0xFF Dec 28 '12 at 6:04
  • I added ServerAlias localhost and disabled the mod_rewrite but still I get [error] [client] client denied by server configuration: /prod/html/server-status – edotan Dec 28 '12 at 18:42

Try it with the IP instead of the host name, This is how mine looks ( ::1 is there as the server also has IPv6 enabled)

<Location /server-status>
    SetHandler server-status
    Order deny,allow
    Deny from all
    Allow from ::1


lynx http://localhost/server-status 

might not be matching the virtual host "myserver.com" so you could try putting the Location /server-status outside of the VirtualHost in the http.conf


Just in case this helps someone:

In newer versions of Apache there is a default server-status config setting in conf/extra/httpd-info.conf which will override any server-status settings in httpd.conf

That default config in conf/extra/httpd-info.conf is set to “Allow from .example.com” and will annihilate all fancy server-status changes you do in httpd.conf

So if you are facing permission issues make sure you are editing the proper file!

  • 1
    How new of Apache version? And how do you know that this isn't something peculiar to your distribution (which you forgot to mention)? – Michael Hampton Aug 27 '13 at 20:02
  • 1
    I've been searching all over for an answer but this was it. Thank you so much! It was being overridden by (for me, on Debian) /etc/apache2/mods-enabled/status.conf – vqdave Jan 9 '18 at 1:13

You might want to look at your /etc/hosts localhost

In my case I checked the /etc/hosts and found out that I have 2 hostnames listed for localhost:       localhost.localdomain   localhost

It seems some weird behavior between apache and the resolver. If the first entry is localhost.localdomain you should have it in apache config:

Allow from localhost.localdomain

then you can get the proper answer with both

curl localhost/server-status
curl localhost.localdomain/server-status

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