Generating 403 errors from Document root

I wanted to generate a 403 error at the document root in absence for Document Index files (index.html and index.php). I tried various things with no success. Even the other team programmers asked this question at various forums, they all got the same suggestions:-

  • This looks like a .htaccess problem, check your .htaccess carefully, or
  • Check the Document Index.
  • Check the “Options Indexes” properly.

These were the responses I was getting and rightly so as these can be some possibilities as well. Even after all these work I could not make it work. I then decided to approach my boss (a technical geek by choice and management guru by profession). He then asked me to remove the following like from the httpd.conf LoadModule autoindex_module modules/mod_autoindex.so and it worked. I certainly need to do some more study to understand this module better. In case someone like me in urgent need of a hint can get it through this blog post.

“Do not forget to restart the Apache server :)”

5 Replies to “Generating 403 errors from Document root”

  1. “a technical geek by choice and management guru by profession.”

    he is very lucky….. that he is doing what’s he loves most……..

    sometimes i really get frustated with my job but i’ve no choice….coz of some personal problem i got stick with this kind of Job…
    and even though I’m not any guru by my profession…..

    i wish one day i will be like MR. Vikas Kedia…. i don’t when that day will come…. or i’ll be like this doing what i hate most….

  2. Once You removed or make comment
    # LoadModule autoindex_module modules/mod_autoindex.so module
    you also need comment all dependencies of it like
    # IndexOptions FancyIndexing VersionSort NameWidth=* as it needed the above module.
    # AddIconByEncoding AddIconByType AddIcon DefaultIcon ReadmeName HeaderName IndexIgnore

    Now your apache is error free.

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