[Pkg-mediawiki-devel] Bug#723620: mediawiki: Default installation does not work (Apache 2.4 problem)

Matthew Gabeler-Lee cheetah at fastcat.org
Tue Sep 17 23:23:37 UTC 2013

Package: mediawiki
Version: 1:1.19.8+dfsg-1
Severity: important

Dear Maintainer,

   * What led up to the situation?

Installed clean new Debian wheezy system.  Installed Apache 2.4 with default
options.  Installed mediawiki with default options.  Enabled mediawiki
apache configuration, including alias configuration.  Attempted to access

   * What was the outcome of this action?

Attempting to access the page produces a 403 Forbidden error, and this
message in the apache error log:
AH01630: client denied by server configuration: /var/lib/mediawiki/

   * What outcome did you expect instead?

Default install should work!

   * What exactly did you do (or not do) that was effective (or

The problem seems to do with the change in syntax for Apache 2.4 allow/deny
rules.  Prior bug#669832 mentions a fix that worked for me (change in the
allow/deny syntax in /etc/mediawiki/apache.conf).  However, that bug was
marked closed without such a fix being applied to the mediawiki package.

-- System Information:
Debian Release: jessie/sid
  APT prefers testing
  APT policy: (990, 'testing'), (500, 'unstable'), (1, 'experimental')
Architecture: amd64 (x86_64)
Foreign Architectures: i386

Kernel: Linux 3.9.2 (SMP w/12 CPU cores)
Locale: LANG=en_US.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=en_US.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/bash

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