I have a Drupal site at http://example.org/xyz
Per the instructions here, I have set up a private file directory outside the web root.
So let's say the web root is at /home/public_html/example/xyz The private directory is at /home/public_html/private
I have that private directory set in the settings.php file and cleared the caches. It shows up correctly here: http://example.org/xyz/admin/config/media/file-system
After clearing the cache, I can indeed confirm there is a valid .htaccess file in /atrium/admin/config/media/file-system
The directory permissions for the private directory are 755.
So now I specify the file location of a link in a block as "/xyz/system/myfile.pdf"
When I click the link, the home page simply reloads (instead of a download window), but the URL now reads: http://example.org/atrium/system/myfile.pdf
I've tried many other variations, and they all fail.
What am I doing wrong?