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Access Denied error when trying to use CiviCRM search.

On some installations, users have reported that some browsers get an "Access Denied" error when trying to run a seach in CiviCRM (Find Contacts).

This is apparently a problem related to virtual paths used in some virtual hosting environments, and a solution that worked for some folks is to change the absolute paths in civicrm.settings.php to relative paths.

— Contributed by Kathy Marks ----------
This is the configuration I got — it should work for anyone with a ROOT DIRECTORY installation of Drupal. In civicrm.settings.php :

Under "File system paths for this install" change:

<?php
global $civicrm_root;


$civicrm_root = '/var/www/htdocs/civicspace/modules/civicrm';

define( 'CIVICRM_TEMPLATE_COMPILEDIR',  '/var/www/htdocs/civicspace/files/civicrm/templates_c');

define( 'CIVICRM_UPLOADDIR', '/var/www/htdocs/civicspace/files/civicrm/upload/');
?>

to:

<?php
global $civicrm_root;

$civicrm_root = './modules/civicrm';

define( 'CIVICRM_TEMPLATE_COMPILEDIR', './files/civicrm/templates_c');

define( 'CIVICRM_UPLOADDIR', './files/civicrm/upload/');
?>

Under "Site URLs" change:

<?php
define( 'CIVICRM_UF_BASEURL', 'http://www.example.com/civicspace/');

define( 'CIVICRM_HTTPBASE', '/civicspace/');

define( 'CIVICRM_RESOURCEBASE', '/civicspace/modules/civicrm/');

define( 'CIVICRM_MAINMENU', '/civicspace/civicrm');
?>

to:

<?php
define( 'CIVICRM_UF_BASEURL', '/');

define( 'CIVICRM_HTTPBASE', '/');

define( 'CIVICRM_RESOURCEBASE', '/modules/civicrm/');

define( 'CIVICRM_MAINMENU', '/civicrm/');
?>
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