[GLLUG] Web read access to files stored on a USB drive

Chris Bell chrisbell at chrisbell.org.uk
Mon Jun 8 09:33:22 UTC 2015

On Monday 08 Jun 2015 00:47:38 Jasper Wallace wrote:
> On Sun, 7 Jun 2015, Chris Bell wrote:
> > Hello,
> > I am trying to provide web read access to a large USB external drive
> > connected to my laptop via apache2 on debian jessie.
> > The drive now appears as /media/username/drive_id/directory/ and all the
> > relevant files are world readable.
> > I have been able to symlink to the drive from /var/www/ on all versions
> > up to debian wheezy, and I am still able to use apache2 running on
> > wheezy on the same laptop.
> > On jessie, symlinks to internal drives and directories work, but not to
> > the external drive.
> > Enabling access to the /directory/ in /etc/apache2/apache2.conf does not
> > work.
> Have you checked the syntax for enabling access to the directory in
> apache? it changed in jessie.
> You'll need something like:
> <Directory /media/username/drive_id/directory/>
> AllowOverride None
> Require all granted
> </Directory>
Already tried, but it did not work

> and possibly do something like:
> Alias /usbdrive/ /media/username/drive_id/directory/
> rather than a symlink.
That looks possible, I will try it ASAP. Unfortunately, my laptop is not at 
home, I just have the portable external drive with me.

> > Connecting the USB drive followed by apache2 reload does not work.
> > I have not found any documentation related to the change.
> > Any suggestions welcome, thanks in advance.
> > 

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