In this I will be talking about enabling user home directories for user accounts on the server. I will talking specifically about CentOS since it is this OS that I am using on one of the server I am handling.

As usual, we have to tweak little bit with selinux variables here as if your selinux is on, it will prevent apache from accessing user home directories, but first of all you need to enable the homedirs in apache configuration itself. Depending on your OS, apache configuration file name maybe different. In CentOS, following is the apache configuration file :


You need to look for mod_userdir.c ifmodule block and then comment the line that says UserDir disabled and make sure that line UserDir public_html is uncommented. You can rename this from public_html to any directory name you like but then make sure that your users have that same directory name in their home directory.

You also need to restart the httpd server after this. Here it goes :

sudo service httpd restart

After this you need a selinux rule here, you need to allow userdir from selinux.

sudo setsebool -P httpd_enable_homedirs true

And there you go, usernames on the server should be able to access their public_html directory via their username suffixed to a tilde character.

Enabling directory listing

To enable directory listing, you need to again open your /etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf file and uncomment the Directory tag block for /home/*/public_html. You can find this block right below the changes you made above when you enabled user homedirs (read above).

Restart the server and you should now be able to have directory listing enabled.

If you are not able to access something, it is probably because of the permissions, so double check the permissions before looking for help again.

Oh my ! This sysadmin stuff is addictive. ;)

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03 February 2015