Directory index forbidden by Options directive: /var/www/

Posted January 2, 2014 40.9k views
I am trying to fix this issues I get a forbidden error when i try and type in my ip address error message Forbidden You don't have permission to access / on this server. I then checked the apache logs tail -f /var/log/apache2/error.log The error returned was: Directory index forbidden by Options directive: /var/www/ I have tried various approaches chown -R www-data: /var/www/mydirectory/public_html from what i understand from a simple explanation apache uses www-data as a user.

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sudo chown -R www-data:www-data /var/www/
I did try that i found out the issue was that i had the default virtual host running. So stopping that fixed the problem

sudo a2dissite default