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Subject DO NOT REPLY [Bug 34384] New: - @exp_errordir@
Date Sat, 09 Apr 2005 10:20:17 GMT
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           Summary: @exp_errordir@
           Product: Apache httpd-2.0
           Version: 2.0.52
          Platform: All
        OS/Version: All
            Status: NEW
          Severity: enhancement
          Priority: P2
         Component: Runtime Config
        AssignedTo: bugs@httpd.apache.org
        ReportedBy: GinEric@Musics.com


This is an attempt at a simple correction in Apache httpd.conf file. 
 
This "@exp_errordir@" is confusing.  Most Apache users have no idea what it 
means or how to use it. 
 
First, a definition, what exactly is "@exp_errordir@ in the Custom Error 
Documents section of httpd.conf?  Second, how is it used? 
 
It does not work as given.  Uncommenting the lines, as suggested, will fail.  
Reporting the error "File does not exist:  C:/Apache/Apache2/@exp_errordir@" 
for example in a Windows Apache environment. 
 
This compounds other error reports. 
 
A search on the Internet or in Apache Documentation gives zero results.  Since 
"@" cannot, in general, be used in directory or filenames, one tends to assume 
it is either a directive of some sort, a replacement expression, or a "form" 
indication, as it would be in Backus-Nauer Form, if it agreed with the proper 
syntax. 
 
Because the "@" is also ignored by many search engines and programs, it may, in 
fact, simply be ignored in documentation searches.  This is confusing for most 
users.  Assuming that even a professional programmer knows what 
"@exp_errordir@" means is also confusing, as the assumption must be false if 
the term and usage are everywhere undefined. 
 
The correction would be to either explain exactly what "@exp_errordir@" means, 
and/or give an example.

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