Apache and public_html directories

I’ve been hacking around with the One Month HTML course and decided to set up a local apache server to play around with my work, but for the life of me I could not get the public_html directory and apache2 userdir setting to work under Arch Linux.

For those of you that have had similar issues it turns out to be a simple fix:

The world execute bit on your home directory needs to be set so that /home/<user> is set to rwxr-x–x and also the same for your public_html directory, i.e. it also needs to be set to rwxr-x–x.

Et voila, html goodness on your own server, now you can test away until you’re ready to put your site into production!!

Mounting Windows Shares permanently in Linux

So I had a need to mount so NAS shares on my linux box, lets face it who wouldn’t these days with the advent of Plex, these are the basic steps snagged from the Ubuntu wiki and a StackExchange post:

sudo apt-get install cifs-utils
sudo mkdir /media/windowsshare

Then edit your /etc/fstab file (with root privileges) to add this line:

//servername/sharename  /media/windowsshare  cifs  guest,uid=1000,iocharset=utf8,sec=ntlm  0  0


  • guest indicates you don’t need a password to access the share,

  • uid=1000 makes the Linux user specified by the id the owner of the mounted share, allowing them to rename files,

  • iocharset=utf8 allows access to files with names in non-English languages. This doesn’t work with shares of devices like the Buffalo Tera Station, or Windows machines that export their shares using ISO8895-15.

  • If there is any space in the server path, you need to replace it by 40, for example //servername/My40Documents

  • I added the sec=ntlm at the end otherwise I kept getting a (95) error when running the mount -a in the next step.

After you add the entry to /etc/fstab type:

sudo mount -a

This will (re)mount all entries listed in /etc/fstab.

Et Voila, you should now have some shiny new mounted shares under the /media directory.

If you want more detail check out the following posts:



First Run in a while!

Went out for the first time this year with the intention of getting ready for the GreenPark 10k in May. Did 2.5 miles with my mate Justin, not bad considering I haven’t run in the last 18 months. I’m sure I will feel it tomorrow!!

Bring on the next one!!