The error for http://web.mit.edu/example/Public/ may say:
You don't have permission to access /example/Public/ on this server.
The error for http://www.mit.edu/~example/public/ may say:
MIT 403 Error - permission denied
You do not have permission to access the requested url, or the server was unable to access the requested file.
In June 2015, there was a change with how the MIT web servers handle folders that have no index.html file. Be default, the MIT web server will no longer show an automatic index listing of your files. If you want the MIT web server to display a list of your files, you can turn on this option using a .htaccess.mit file with a special "Options line:
- create a file named .htaccess.mit in the folder that should be public.
- put a line into the .htaccess.mit file that says:
|required AFS permission "system:anyuser read"|
This feature still requires the directory to be readable by "system:anyuser". For more information, please see Who has permission to change files in a locker or website? and How do permissions work in AFS?
- Login to Athena
- Go to http://athena.dialup.mit.edu
- Type your MIT username and password to login
- At the prompt, navigate to the directory you want to change. For example, to change to your www directory:
- Create a .htaccess.mit file if it doesn't already exist
- add the line "Options +Indexes"
- Test your folder on the web to make sure the behavior is as you intend.
If you have any questions about how to make this change, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org