403 Forbidden error after upgrading from 1.6.0 to 1.7.0


Greetings all,
I’ve been undergoing the task of trying to upgrade 1.6.0 to 1.7.0; and started off with several conflicts and errors etc…

Anyway, somehow now i’ve gotten to the point where when i access my site i get 403 forbidden errors. 

i have magento installed in my root directory public_html/ on linux/apache. 

i’ve tried putting in a blank .htaccess file as well as flat out deleting the .htaccess file, and i still get 403 errors.  So obviously even changing settings in .htaccess didn’t help.

i tried

chown -r username *
from the directory, but that didn’t help.

So i’m kind of stumped at this point.

Any suggestions or ideas would be greatly appreciated.


i had to chgrp to nobody…