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    Default Trying to Host a forum on my OpenSUSE server, Apache problems & lack of knowledge

    Here is the problem: Access forbidden!

    You don't have permission to access the requested directory. There is either no index document or the directory is read-protected.

    If you think this is a server error, please contact the webmaster.

    Error 403

    ragegaming-clan.org
    Tue Oct 11 15:03:50 2011
    Apache/2.2.17 (Linux/SUSE)

    On my OpenSUSE LAMP server, You have the srv/www/htdocs Directory and this is where Apache says it is reading from.

    '#
    # Global configuration that will be applicable for all virtual hosts, unless
    # deleted here, or overriden elswhere.
    #

    DocumentRoot "/srv/www/htdocs"
    '

    So How can i start running a forum on my server, I have tried testing .Html files inside this folder and they still do not open up when i go to the domain www.ragegaming-clan.org
    I just get that Error 403. I rent my server from Server4You but they said they will not offer linux schooling. So bassicly they will not help me what so ever. Can anyone here help me?

    in short i really want a forum set up on my server, So that me and my friends can set up our clan online. We already have several games hosted on our server and Teamspeak 3 so the forum is all that is missing

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    Default Re: Trying to Host a forum on my OpenSUSE server, Apache problems & lack of knowledge

    There's too much info missing to say anything decent about this. If the apache server is configured correctly, you should see "It works !!" since that should be in the www root.

    Still, you will need all this to run forums software on your server. I suggest you install yast-http-server and check the config settings for apache. If you just installed apache, install the LAMP server pattern from Yast. Then configure the http-server, until you see "It works" when going to the URL. Make sure port 80 is open in the firewall.
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    Default Re: Trying to Host a forum on my OpenSUSE server, Apache problems& lack of knowledge

    On 10/11/2011 05:16 PM, ticklemehballlz wrote:
    >
    > Here is the problem: Access forbidden!
    >
    > You don't have permission to access the requested directory. There is
    > either no index document or the directory is read-protected.
    >
    > If you think this is a server error, please contact the webmaster.
    >
    > Error 403
    >
    > ragegaming-clan.org
    > Tue Oct 11 15:03:50 2011
    > Apache/2.2.17 (Linux/SUSE)
    >
    > On my OpenSUSE LAMP server, You have the srv/www/htdocs Directory and
    > this is where Apache says it is reading from.
    >
    > '#
    > # Global configuration that will be applicable for all virtual hosts,
    > unless
    > # deleted here, or overriden elswhere.
    > #
    >
    > DocumentRoot "/srv/www/htdocs"


    show us the output of

    please show us the terminal output from

    Code:
    ls -halR /srv/www/htdocs
    copy/paste the output back to this thread using the instructions here:
    http://goo.gl/i3wnr


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    Default Re: Trying to Host a forum on my OpenSUSE server, Apache problems& lack of knowledge

    I'm really sorry for the lack of imformation, I am really not experienced with Linux servers at all. The guys I rent the server from say maybe i should use a Plesk version instead? Do you recommend this?

    Here is the output for ls -halR /srv/www/htdocs

    localhost:~ # ls -halR /srv/www/htdocs
    /srv/www/htdocs:
    total 12K
    drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4.0K Oct 11 14:57 .
    drwxr-xr-x 4 root root 4.0K Oct 11 14:56 ..
    There is already apache installed on the server as Default, It is located in etc/apache2
    Or does it require more than that to run?

    Like i said i know nothing about linux servers. So this may require you have allot of patience I really appreciate the help though!

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    Default Re: Trying to Host a forum on my OpenSUSE server, Apache problems& lack of knowledge

    On 10/11/2011 06:06 PM, ticklemehballlz wrote:
    > Like i said i know nothing about linux servers. So this may require you
    > have allot of patience I really appreciate the help though!


    so then you should be asking where to find a step by step, how-to set up
    Apache?? see here

    <http://doc.opensuse.org/products/opensuse/openSUSE/opensuse-reference/cha.apache2.html>

    <http://forums.opensuse.org/applications/417524-lamp-opensuse.html>


    and how to set up some forum software?
    which forum software have you chosen to use?

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    Default Re: Trying to Host a forum on my OpenSUSE server, Apache problems& lack of knowledge

    Once Apache + php + MySQL are properly installed and configured on your server, you need to install a forum software. Most people use phpBB. I used Phorum in the past. Be aware that running a forum is a serious security matter.

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    Default Re: Trying to Host a forum on my OpenSUSE server, Apache problems& lack of knowledge

    I don't see that you actually named the forum software you're using.

    Regardless, I highly recommend that you take a look at a number of web-based CMS apps like OCP, Drupal and projekt which often (maybe usually?) contain forum modules. If you're not familiar with CMS apps, they're generic frameworks which support module-based application functionality... so, in your case once the framework is installed, you usually only need to install the forums module and things will "just work." If you want to add other functionality like a Wiki or storefront, you only have to install those modules as well.

    If even after you play around with those other CMS apps a bit you still want to install your original forum software, you may have picked up enough clues to figure it out.

    In my experience, apps like forums that require User write permissions typically require setting system level write permissions on appropriate directories and sometimes config files, but exactly which and what is specific to the software being used.

    BTW - Have you looked at your forums app documentation and not found what you need?

    HTH,
    Tony

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