[Pdbwiki-devel] pdbwiki maintenance page is back

J.W. Bizzaro jeff at bioinformatics.org
Fri Jan 15 22:46:16 EST 2010

Hi Guys,

OK, it's working again with symlinks.  I'm not sure why it stopped working.  The only thing I changed was to add a directory configuration in httpd.conf for the images directory, to protect it from PHP interpretation.  Conjecture: It could be that once I added the very first directory config for pdbwiki.org, Apache wanted the root directory to be configured as well and then fell back to the default, which was to block symlinks.  Whatever.  It works now.


Henning Stehr wrote:
> We have checked why the Pdbwiki main(-tenance) page was showing a 403
> error and the good news is that it is working now. It was not a
> problem with file permissions (which hadn't been changed anyways) but
> with FollowSymlinks being disabled in httpd.conf. We had a symlink
> pointing from /~hstehr/pdbwiki/mw/ to /~hstehr/pdbwiki/mediawiki-1.15/
> which was now causing a permission denied error. As a workaround we
> removed the symlink and renamed mediawiki-1.15/ to mw/. Now it seems
> to work both with the full path and with the virtual host via
> pdbwiki.org. I can't rule out the possiblity that there are side
> effects of the renaming (e.g. with SVN or some other broken links) but
> so far it seems to work fine. Jeff, would it be possible to enable
> symlinks again (maybe just for /~hstehr/pdbwiki)? Symlinks are quite
> convenient to switch between different versions etc. but I guess we
> could also live without it if there are security concerns.
> Henning & Jose

J.W. Bizzaro
Bioinformatics Organization, Inc. (Bioinformatics.Org)
E-mail: jeff at bioinformatics.org
Phone:  +1 978 621 8258

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