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Subject DO NOT REPLY [Bug 35652] - Improve error message: "pcfg_openfile: unable to check htaccess file, ensure it is readable"
Date Wed, 07 Sep 2005 15:44:05 GMT
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apinstein@mac.com changed:

           What    |Removed                     |Added
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             Status|RESOLVED                    |REOPENED
         Resolution|INVALID                     |




------- Additional Comments From apinstein@mac.com  2005-09-07 17:44 -------
Hmm. While I agree that the data in the FAQ entry would've probably helped me solve the problem

faster, the actual error I got did not suceed in leading me to that FAQ entry, so that's kindof
a moot 
point.

Also, simply check out this google query:
http://www.google.com/search?client=safari&rls=en-us&q=%22unable+to+check+htaccess+file,
+ensure+it+is+readable%22+awstats&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8

to see how many people are having this same problem. I don't think it's unusually stupid of
me to have 
had so much trouble tracking it down, even if it is something that'd be obvious to an expert.

It makes perfect sense to check perms along the path if an EXISTING file cannot be read. However,
it 
doesn't really make sense that a NON-EXISTING FILE cannot be read due to permissions. That's
why the 
error message is confusing. 

While I certainly understand not wanting to get more granular with the error messages (because
it'd 
take more code and performance to supply the more granular info), is there a good reason not
to 
inlcude a link to the FAQ entry in the error message? Or to put some more text in the error
message to 
remind people of what to check in case of permission denied?

The simple fact that the answer to this question lies in an FAQ IMHO is ample evidence to
support the 
improvement of the error message! If the error message were better, the FAQ entry would not
be 
necessary...

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