Owncloud, DirectAdmin, Apache 2.4 and Error AH01797: client denied by server configuration
Published: 15-09-2014 | Author: Remy van Elst | Text only version of this article
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One of my friends runs Owncloud, a wonderfull piece of software to get cloud services under your control. He does not use the file part but rather the calendar and contacts a lot. A recent update of Apache to 2.4.10 broke that functionality on a Directadmin machine with the error AH01797: client denied by server configuration.
I started by checking the vhosts file,
/usr/local/directadmin/data/users/$USER/httpd.conf and see if changing or
Require all granted part solved it. But, it did not.
A combination of
httpd -S to see all sites and
httpd -V to see all compile
settings led me to a Directadmin configuration file,
/httpd-directories.conf which contains the following:
<Directory /home> AllowOverride All Options -MultiViews -Indexes +FollowSymLinks +IncludesNoExec +Includes <Limit GET POST OPTIONS PROPFIND> Order allow,deny Allow from all </Limit> <LimitExcept GET POST OPTIONS PROPFIND> Order deny,allow Deny from all </LimitExcept> </Directory>
The PROPFIND HTTP method is specific to Webdav, Owncloud used that a lot
with Carddav and Caldav sync. Commenting out or removing the
from the last
Deny from all block solved the syncing problem. I'm not sure how
that got in there, it seems incorrect with 2.4, but still, after removing it,
Owncloud works as it did again.