SME Server: Allow .htaccess in Secondary IBays
Enable .htaccess in iBay
log on using shell (putty, etc.) with the root username and password.
login as: root
root@server's password: password
Enter the following commands:
(where: my_ibay_name is the name of the ibay we want to enable for .htaccess override)
[root@server ~] db accounts setprop my_ibay_name AllowOverride All
[root@server ~] signal-event ibay-modify my_ibay_name
Errors with mod_rewrite
When we enable .htaccess for secondary iBays, we might get access denied messages in the browser. These messages are generated by Apache and will appear if we are also using mod_rewrite rules in the .htaccess file.
You don't have permission to access /page on this server.
Checking the httpd/error_log in the server manager gives more detail - we'll find errors such as this:
[Mon Oct 12 15:42:17 2009] [error] [client 192.168.0.1] Options FollowSymLinks or SymLinksIfOwnerMatch is off which implies that RewriteRule directive is forbidden: /home/e-smith/files/ibays/my_ibay_name/html/home
When we use mod_rewrite to implement ‘clean’ URLs for site pages, e.g. /blog rather than /blog.php, Apache must be instructed to follow symbolic links with the following command entered into the .htaccess file (above RewriteEngine On).
An example .htaccess file would look like this:
# redirect all /whatever to /?page=whatever
RewriteRule ^([^/\.]+)/?$ /?page=$1 [L]
To check which properties are set for the ibay, use this command:
[root@server ~] db accounts show my_ibay_name
To delete a property, use this command:
(where: the_property is the name of the property to delete)
[root@server ~] db accounts delprop my_ibay_name the_property
E.g. to delete a property, e.g. AllowOverrid (because it is misspelt), use this command:
[root@server ~] db accounts delprop my_ibay_name AllowOverrid
Note: where .htaccess files can be uploaded by other users, consider restricting what .htaccess is permitted to override.
this worked for sme server: SME Server 7.4