Apache mod_wsgi error: Forbidden You don't have permission to access / on this server


I'm using Ubuntu 10.04.
I create a django project under /home/wong2/Code/python/django2/ named atest
and create a wsgi file setting.wsgi in the same directory
Here is the content of setting.wsgi :

import os 
import sys

path = '/home/wong2/Code/python/django2'

if path not in sys.path:
os.environ["DJANGO_SETTINGS_MODULE"] = "atest.settings" 
from django.core.handlers.wsgi import WSGIHandler 
application = WSGIHandler()

and here is what I add to my my httpd.conf:

<VirtualHost *:80>
    ServerName localhost
    WSGIScriptAlias / /home/wong2/Code/python/django2/setting.wsgi
    <Directory />
        Options FollowSymLinks
        AllowOverride None
        Order deny,allow  
        Allow from all 
    <Directory "/home/wong2/Code/python/django2/atest">
        Order allow,deny
        Allow from all

The problem is, when I visit http://localhost, it says


You don't have permission to access / on this server.

Thanks a lot.

1/26/2011 4:56:20 PM

Accepted Answer

The second directory block doesn't match where you have your WSGI script file installed. It is very bad practice though to stick the WSGI script file in a location where source code or other sensitive files exist, ie., same directory or sub directory. Instead you should stick it in a sub directory of its own. Thus:

WSGIScriptAlias / /home/wong2/Code/python/django2/atest/apache/setting.wsgi
<Directory "/home/wong2/Code/python/django2/atest/apache">
    Order allow,deny
    Allow from all

So, create 'apache' subdirectory under 'atest'. Move 'setting.wsgi' into that 'apache' subdirectory and change config to above.

Your problem also may be caused by restrictive permisions on your home directory as Apache cannot see inside.

Go watch:


as it explains these permissions problems as well as issues like where to stick your code and the WSGI script file.

Also read:


1/26/2011 8:04:56 PM

With Django 1.5+ you should use the suggested way described in the documentation:

WSGIScriptAlias / /path/to/mysite.com/mysite/wsgi.py
WSGIPythonPath /path/to/mysite.com

<Directory /path/to/mysite.com/mysite>
<Files wsgi.py>
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