[CentOS] Apache not liking directories outside of /var/www

Fri Jul 31 16:17:47 UTC 2009
Boris Epstein <borepstein at gmail.com>

Hi all,

It appears that on my nice little CentOS 5.3 machines Apache only
allows me to store content in directories which are under /var/www/

For instance, putting content in /var/www/test and defining the following alias:

Alias /test /var/www/test

then accessing it under http://hostname/test works great.

Not copy that same content to /home/test, change the alias to:

Alias /test /home/test

and you get Error 403.

Any idea why that would be?

Never had this sort of trouble anywhere, including under CentOS 5.0 and 5.1

Thanks in advance for any and all help.