Cannot get secure link with expires to work

Francis Daly francis at
Mon May 6 15:17:43 UTC 2019

On Wed, May 01, 2019 at 09:14:11AM +1000, Duke Dougal wrote:

Hi there,

> Hello I've tried every possible way I can think of to make secure links
> work with expires.

When I use your config on my test machine, it works for me.

So it looks like what you have is fundamentally correct; there is
obviously something wrong somewhere, but it is likely something small.

> No matter what I try, I cannot get it to work when I try to uses the expire
> time.

Can you copy-paste the command you use to test things; and perhaps show
the log line for that request?

> The command that fails:
>    ubuntu at ip-172-31-34-191:/var/www$ curl

As was pointed out - there should be & in the middle of that.

If you "merely" add &, you will probably see mostly-the-same response --
because your shell will read an unescaped & as "end of command".

My guess is that your log line will show the request for
/html/index.html?md5=FsRb_uu5NsagF0hA_Z-OQg, which will (correctly)
return 403.

What happens if you do

$ curl ''

(with &, and with the whole argument shell-quoted in '')?


Francis Daly        francis at

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