403 forbidden page on lighttpd

September 6, 2013 6.3k views
Hello everyone. I installed the lighttpd, MYSQL, ProFTPD services by the DigitalOcean guides, I created a new user by this commands: useradd passwd groupadd gpasswd -a chgrp -R /home/ chmod -R g+rw /home/ The FTP user is ok, and it can upload files. I edited the lighttpd config file and added: $HTTP["host"] =~ "(^|\.)daniel-s\.net$" { server.document-root = "/home" server.errorlog = "/var/log/lighttpd/daniel-s.net/error.log" accesslog.filename = "/var/log/lighttpd/daniel-s.net/access.log" server.error-handler-404 = "/e404.php" } Note that I made the /home document root for testing. Now try to access my website to the user directory (named daniel): http://daniel-s.net/daniel It will show you an 403 forbidden error, even for random sub-folder (for example http://daniel-s.net/daniel/dajksdasdhjk231434) Now remember that the daniel folder has been created automatically by the useradd command. When I created a folder called test (without the useradd command, just by mkdir command) it does respond! http://daniel-s.net/test Why is that? The DigitalOcean support team referred me to this forum for an answer. Its very important for me. Thanks in advance.
2 Answers
Generally speaking, a user's home directory is not public visible -- hence, the 403 - Forbidden.

Is there a specific reason why you chose a user's home directory as the web server's root? If not, try designating the root directory as something else, e.g. /srv/www/
What's the output of this command?

tail /var/log/lighttpd/daniel-s.net/error.log
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