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From Stas Bekman <>
Subject Re: [win32] Locations in Apache-Test framework
Date Fri, 18 Apr 2003 03:45:26 GMT
Randy Kobes wrote:
> On Fri, 18 Apr 2003, Stas Bekman wrote:
>>Stas Bekman wrote:
>>>Randy Kobes wrote:
>>>>On 14 Apr 2003, Joe Schaefer wrote:
>>>>>I'd bet apache is just returning a 403 for security purposes,
>>>>>since ':' is what separates the drive letter from the file path
>>>>>on Windows. Superman^H^H^H^H^H^HWilliam Rowe probably knows the
>>>>>full answer, so you might want to take this issue up on
>>>>That looks like it's probably it - there's some discussions in
>>>>the httpd-dev list that were along these lines. Further to this,
>>>>a location like
>>>>   <Location /hello/hell::o>
>>>>     ....
>>>>   </Location>
>>>>does work - what might be happening is Win32 Apache is rejecting,
>>>>via the 403, anything that looks like a leading drive designation, for 
>>>>security purposes. 
>>>Hmm, is this valid at all on winFU to supply a drive: entry in the URI 
>>>path? I wonder why Apache can't reject paths with : in the first segment 
>>>only if virtual mapping have failed.
>>>>So it's probably easier to just s!::!-! or s!::!/!, as
>>>>Stas proposed ... 
>>>I think that even though <Location Foo/Bar> is more intuitive,
>>><Location Foo-Bar> is less error-prone.
>>>I think <Location Foo/Bar> is potentially error-prone, since if one of 
>>>the test package is 'Foo' we will have a location <Location Foo> and 
>>>then we will get merging with <Location Foo/Bar> something that could be

>>I think that at the end I'm simply going to install a default
>>TransHandler, semi-transparent to the developer (put it into
>>the autogenerated httpd.conf), rather than change the URLs.
> That's certainly the most straightforward thing to do, and less
> subject to introducing new bugs. One downside though is that if
> people use the mod_perl tests as a basis for their own
> installations (which, given the extensive nature, is a wonderful
> source of examples), they might not realize that it's this
> TransHandler that makes such locations with ':' in their names
> work on Win32. And getting 403s isn't the most intuitive error to
> track down ....
> I'd be willing to go through the mod_perl 2 tests and track
> the changes needed to s/::/-/, if that'd be useful ....

Thank you, Randy!

Doug suggests to rename as well, though to do it similar to XS naming 
convention so we would do s/::/__/.

I'll take care of the renaming.

I'll also remove the workaround afterwards.

Joe, that means that apreq tests need to be updated as well.

Stas Bekman            JAm_pH ------> Just Another mod_perl Hacker     mod_perl Guide --->

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