Nobbie, if you don't know anything, why don't you just shut up?
thcreations question is legit. I know about linux permissions, and how to change them. This doesn't have anything to do with that. Any documentation I find on the net having anything to do with XAMPP details how to install it. My basset hound could install XAMPP. There is little documentation on what to do next.
I've got XAMPP installed. Everything's cool. When I start XAMPP I get the "Welcome to XAMPP for Linux 1.7.2 !" page. Not a problem.
Except for this: I didn't install XAMPP to stare at the Welcome page. I wanted to do some work. Therein lies the problem. When I put a different index.html file in the htdocs directory I get this error message:
You don't have permission to access the requested directory. There is either no index document or the directory is read-protected.
If you think this is a server error, please contact the webmaster.
Real cute. I especially like the touch about contacting the webmaster. I'm the webmaster, and I don't know what to do.
The documentation on the friends of apache site is pathetic. More directions for my basset hound, but nothing more.
The error message leads me to believe that permissions or file ownership are the root of the problem, but I don't know who is supposed to own the index.html file.
I have a Fedora 10 system. If anybody has wrestled with Error 403, I would appreciate some guidance.