The *R authority is needed to read the directory. The *X authority is needed to use the directory name in a path.

When working with directories, you almost always need both... so you need *RX authority.

It has nothing to do with CGI -- at least, with regard to directories it doesn't. If we are talking about shell scripts or PASE programs, then *X means "execute", and means that you can run it. In that case you'd need *X for shell scripts or PASE programs that are to be run via CGI (or any other means of running them, as well)

But, for directories, you pretty much need *RX.


On 2/26/2013 8:33 AM, Schadd Gray wrote:
I think *RX is only needed for CGI type directories. HTML, images, etc.
files only need *R.

Thank you,
Schadd Gray
Damon Technologies, Inc.
www.damontech.com
-----Original Message-----
From: Bradley Stone
Sent: Tuesday, February 26, 2013 8:18 AM
To: Web Enabling the IBM i (AS/400 and iSeries)
Subject: Re: [WEB400] Link to a PDF on IFS

QTMHHTP1 as well if it's CGI. And I recall needing to give directories *RX
authority, just *R didn't work.

That may have changed.. I haven't played around with authorities since I
got them working.. :)

Brad
www.bvstools.com


On Tue, Feb 26, 2013 at 8:16 AM, Vernon Hamberg
<vhamberg@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>wrote:

LOL - Oh, good! ;)

On 2/26/2013 6:29 AM, Schadd Gray wrote:
Vern,

You are correct.

Thank you,
Schadd Gray
Damon Technologies, Inc.
www.damontech.com
-----Original Message-----
From: Vernon Hamberg
Sent: Monday, February 25, 2013 9:58 PM
To: Web Enabling the IBM i (AS/400 and iSeries)
Subject: Re: [WEB400] Link to a PDF on IFS

Schadd

Do you really need to give *R to *PUBLIC? Shouldn't it be enough to give
it to the user of the Apache server, which would be QTMHHTTP, probably?

Vern

On 2/25/2013 8:05 PM, Schadd Gray wrote:
Yes, you could use Alias to map outside of the htdocs sandbox, however
that
just opens you up to potential security issues. You would need to
grant
*R
authority to *Public on those folders. If you are going to do that you
should just put them under the htdocs structure and let the inheritance
handle authorization. What would be the purpose of opening up other
parts
of your IFS? This method also makes it so that anyone can access those
PDF
files. The second method easily allows for restricting the user that
can
access the file, you only hand them the ones they should see.

Thank you,
Schadd Gray
Damon Technologies, Inc.
www.damontech.com
-----Original Message-----
From: franz400
Sent: Monday, February 25, 2013 5:32 PM
To: Web Enabling the IBM i (AS/400 and iSeries)
Subject: Re: [WEB400] Link to a PDF on IFS

I'd like to disagree with the "outside of htdocs...you cannot expose it
to
the web" statement.
It just takes a directive in the Apache config, and it can be a naming
that
is hidden from the url
so you are not exposing your true dir structure. Then it's a matter of
the
url pointing to
the .pdf instead of a .html and your browser will know what to do. Have
been
serving .pdf
(or .csv or .xls) this way to the web since 2000 in a similar tool -
Websmart.
Jim Franz

----- Original Message -----
From: "Schadd Gray" <list@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: "Web Enabling the IBM i (AS/400 and iSeries)" <web400@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Monday, February 25, 2013 8:40 AM
Subject: Re: [WEB400] Link to a PDF on IFS


I do not know much about LANSA, but in other web languages, if the PDF
file
on the IFS is outside of the web directory (/www/mysite/htdocs) you
cannot
expose it to the web. You have two choices. 1) Place the PDF in the
web
directory, but this allows every web user to access this PDF if they
know
the path (not very secure). 2) Write a program to read the file from
the
IFS and pipe it to the browser. You would need to change the content
type
to "application/pdf".

Thank you,
Schadd Gray
Damon Technologies, Inc.
www.damontech.com
-----Original Message-----
From: Jack Tucky
Sent: Sunday, February 24, 2013 7:37 PM
To: web400@xxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [WEB400] Link to a PDF on IFS

I'm using LANSA on Iseries to run a website. The user can press a
button,
I
call a CLP and create a PDF and email it to the end user.



I'd like to change it to display the PDF in the browser. The PDF is
on
the
IFS. I know the path and file name of the PDF.



What do I have to do to change the webserver show files from a
specific
directory on the IFS?



Thanks, Jack.





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