How to solve “.htaccess pcfg_openfile: unable to check htaccess file, ensure it is readable”

My error log shows:-

[Sun Jul 13 01:15:32 2008] [crit] [client] (13)Permission denied: /home/mydomain/public_html/.htaccess pcfg_openfile: unable to check htaccess file, ensure it is readable

And the site is showing “403 Forbidden Error”.
At first, I suspect it’s .htaccess problem, but actually it’s caused by Frontpage Extension.

To solve “.htaccess pcfg_openfile: unable to check htaccess file, ensure it is readable” follow the steps below:-


  • Login into your CPanel account
  • Click on “Frontpage Extensions” icon
  • Click on “Reinstall extensions” button beside your problem domain.
    *If you do not use any frontpage extensions, it’s good to uninstall this extension
  • Done. The “.htaccess pcfg_openfile: unable to check htaccess file” problem has been fixed.

** If you are not on CPanel hosting, please contact your system administrator to fix the problem. ***

Credit: The HungryCoder

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18 Responses to “How to solve “.htaccess pcfg_openfile: unable to check htaccess file, ensure it is readable””

  1. johni says:

    nossa sou do brasil e ninguem aqui resolveu meu problema so você mesmo s2 valeu

  2. CH says:

    I love you

  3. victor momanyi says:

    The permissions 4 www folder 755 for .htaccess 744 also works, kudos 2all ua suggestions

  4. Nathe says:

    solved the problem! thanks … you are my hero XD

  5. chua says:

    May be your file permission having some problem
    please check when this error occurs and normally this is due to folder permission problem
    i had once with folder permission problem where i chmod my folder to 644 and this error occur
    right after i chmod 755 to the folder and everything fix.

    u can try to check if this is the problem.
    Hope this helps

  6. chua says:

    Mur, r u using CPanel?
    if yes may be u can test the steps above

  7. mur says:

    hi there..
    Well the problem is i am running my own web server on a dedicated server.. so how do i solve this then??

    I am definitely not running frontpage extensions

  8. Jo says:

    You are my hero! Thank you

  9. Mara Mora says:

    Thanks for this post. You saved me. transferring my flders and Frontpage extension from VPS to VMWare.

    Thanks for your post.

    Best regards

  10. AsoeLaoet says:

    Thanks … very good posting ..
    Permission denied: xxx/public_html/.htaccess pcfg_openfile: GONE!
    keep posting bro!

  11. robotech says:

    ——-UM oops another update – ————————–

    OOps I lost access to the folder with 665 so um – lest stick with 775?


  12. robotech says:


    —————-665 permissions works and is safer!!!————————-

    At least using a software called coffee cup HTML you can put the permissions to 665 – that way the world can not write to it – I guess the moral here was to give the DIR execute permissions———————-

    Sure hope this helps some one – and protects them – Sory for the fake email addy too! 😉

  13. robotech says:

    Looks like I had to make the folder 777 – I dont like that but it is working – so Ill play with it and let ya all know if you can back 777 down at all like to say 775 ?

  14. zanlok says:


    This just saved me a boatload of time. Can’t say how I messed my server up so madly, but me converting everything over to use svn (as root) made a the sites totally die even when I chowned things to the users. This cleared it up and I would *never* have guessed what the problem was!

  15. Franco says:

    cool….ill buy u tons of drinks 😀

  16. Rui Cruz says:

    Thank you,

    This solve my issue!


  17. john says:

    THANKS!! great post. This helped me solve my problem very quickly

  18. j0k3r says:

    Also you’d check owner and chmod of files/dirs 😉

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