Ok, I have set up an alias on my apache server to point to a directory on a second HD. The Directory is /media/MediaServer/Videos.
The point of all this, is to stream videos from that folder, to my TV using Roku, and Roksbox. Everything worked fine when I kept my video files in my www folder...but I was running low on HD space..
Took me a while to get the damn thing to even look in the right place. Now it looks to the right folder...but gives me the 403 Access Forbidden error.
I am a bit of a noob at this stuff...so forgive me for lack on info. If I do not include something you need to see in order to help me, just let me know.
First: after following countless tutorials on how to set up the Alias...the only one that worked...was this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FIEr_jz1oYA
Finally, after following that, I have the following .conf file:
Alias /Videos/ /media/MediaServer/Videos Options +Indexes FollowSymLinks +ExecCGI AllowOverride AuthConfig FileInfo Order allow,deny Allow from all
Now, when I type in localhost/Videos in my browser, it actually looks at the Videos folder (at least it appears too, compared to before when the best I could do was get it to tell me that www/Videos did not exist...) But it tells me "You don't have permission to access /Videos/ on this server."
I have tried changing the permissions on the Videos directory to 777, 775, 750, etc...nothing seems to work. Even tried to change the permissions to the /media directory (found a few forum topics that suggested that the parent directories needed full permissions as well.)
Nothing seems to work. Help! Please!
I opened a terminal and logged in as www-data (which is what the apache server uses) and am able to access the Videos folder...so...unless I am completely off here...that means it's not a permissions issue...
Ok...not sure why this worked...but here's what I did that works..
I went back into the Alias Conf file...and instead of pointing to /media/MediaServer/Videos, I pointed to /media/MediaServer
Now, all of a sudden, when I try to access localhost/Videos (which is no longer what should work...) it works...perfectly...Not sure what is going on...ut it works...and that is all that matters.