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How to enable FollowSymLinks on the server

Posted by Rishikesh Vispute Categories: cpanel

If your site shows the 404 forbidden error and the server logs shows

Options FollowSymLinks or SymLinksIfOwnerMatch is off which implies that RewriteRule directive is forbidden:

Then you need to enable the Options FollowSymLinks for your account or on the server.

For your account you need to add the following code into .htaccess file

Options +FollowSymLinks +SymLinksIfOwnerMatch

On the server you can enable it by adding the following code into the httpd.conf file and restart the Apache.

<Directory “/”>
Options -ExecCGI FollowSymLinks -Includes -IncludesNOEXEC -Indexes -MultiViews -SymLinksIfOwnerMatch
AllowOverride All

You can also enable FollowSymLinks by using whm.

1) Login to whm

2) Go to Service Configuration>>Apache Configuration>>Global Configuration

3) Enable check box for “FollowSymLinks” and then click on the “save” button

4) then click on the “Rebuid Configuration and Restart Apache”

5) Done

One Response so far.

  1. David says:

    The code didn’t work for me, I tried both .htaccess and httpd.conf, I was trying to direct http to https without transferring www along with the domain, I found if I enabled Option FollowSymLink I could get the right effect in the browser bars with a forbidden page, I tried most of the rewriterule, none really worked.

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