Are you receiving the dreaded “Connection Information” permission issue on your local Mac OS X environment? You’re not alone – and thankfully there is a simple solution to this issue.
You are receiving this error because the default webserver user which runs httpd is known as _www, which is not the user in your local account. If you’re the only person that uses your machine, you can change the user to fix the permission issue.
- In the terminal, type the following and hit enter:
- This will return a string of information, however the only information you need is the primary user uid and group gid names.
- Once you have this information, you will need to edit your httpd.conf file. Type the following:
You’ll likely need to type your admin password to edit his file.
sudo nano /etc/apache2/httpd.conf
- Hit Ctrl+W to search the file for “User “. This will take you directly to the place in the file where you need to edit information.
You can see in this file that I commented out the existing user and group with the # sign. Below that I entered the User and Group from the information I found in step 2.
- You need to restart apache for the change to take effect.
sudo apachectl restart
Congratulations, you are now running httpd as your local account.