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Need Help with MAMP Woes

  • # May 10, 2012 at 11:27 am

    There are 2 features of MAMP that I’m not understanding, and need the help of the community with.

    1) Upon first install I could enter “localhost:8888/” and get an index of my htdocs directory. Now when I do it, I get a forbidden error.

    2) Why am I not allowed to extract a folder into either the htdocs folder, or any folder within htdocs? It tells me that I need to extract elsewhere, and then drag the content into the folders.

    Can anyone help me on this?

    # May 10, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    hello psionicsin,

    i don’t get it…
    if you managed to install MAMP (you say you could enter “localhost:8888/”), have you tried just clicking on MAMP button (in your dock, or in “Applications/MAMP”) ?
    Then you should get your favorite browser opened, url like :
    “http://localhost:8888/MAMP/?language=French” (well i’m french but i guess you could get something like : http://localhost:8888/MAMP/?language=English“)

    after that, just keep : “http://localhost:8888/” as you usually do to get your directory ….

    no ?


    # May 10, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    Bringing up “http://localhost:8888/MAMP/?language=English” is not the problem. That come sup just fine.

    My problem is with “http://localhost:8888/”. It no longer shows my list of directories. I get a message that says “Not Found The requested URL /” was not found on this server”.

    I used to be able to view my directory in my browser as hyperlinks.

    # May 11, 2012 at 7:40 am

    By default Apache blocks directory listings for security reasons, read the following thread which explains how to enable directory listings.

    As for your htdocs issue ensure that you have both write and read permissions as i tested extracting a zip file and had no issues.

    # June 10, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    I checked inside of Get Info and I set everything to “Read&Write”. Still can’t extract into any directory in htdocs.

    Is there something else I should be using to check my “Read&Write” permissions?

    # June 10, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    what do you get :

    .when clicking on “CMD” + “i” to get info, on your MAMP folder : what permissions do you get? (here i get : “Read + Write”)- not htdocs folder. if you don’t have permissions enough, maybe trying some recursive linux command (something like “chmod ugo+rwx -R *” but i’d highly recommand to check on the web ….. i’m not good at this, sorry)…
    what i mean is that : maybe “it says” you got “Read&Write” permission on htdocs, but are you sure you have the same on “MAMP” folder ?

    just trying to help… sorry…

    # June 11, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    Ahh no worries now. I just changed my document root from the htdocs folder, to a custom one. No more permission problems now lol.

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