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27 April 2014

Apache - Directory index forbidden by Options directive

by Alpha01

By default, the CentOS Apache configuration does not allow index directory listings. So I enabled Indexes Option on the directory that I wanted allow this feature within my custom vhost. To my surprise after I made the Apache config update, directory listing was not working and I was still getting the default CentOS Apache welcome page.


[Sat Apr 26 14:42:11 2014] [error] [client] Directory index forbidden by Options directive: /www/mysecureshit/

It turns out the default /etc/httpd/conf.d/welcome.conf file option overrides the +Indexing Options that I explicitly enabled within my custom vhost.

# This configuration file enables the default "Welcome"
# page if there is no default index page present for
# the root URL.  To disable the Welcome page, comment
# out all the lines below.
<LocationMatch "^/+$">
    Options -Indexes
    ErrorDocument 403 /error/noindex.html


Delete /etc/httpd/conf.d/welcome.conf.

Tags: [ apache centos ]