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Subject cvs commit: httpd-2.0/docs/manual urlmapping.xml
Date Fri, 16 Aug 2002 03:30:24 GMT
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  Index: urlmapping.xml
  <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" ?>
  <!DOCTYPE manualpage SYSTEM "./style/manualpage.dtd">
  <?xml-stylesheet type="text/xsl" href="./style/manual.en.xsl"?>
    <relativepath href="."/>
    <title>Mapping URLs to Filesystem Locations</title>
      <p>This document explains how Apache uses the URL of a request
      to determine the filesystem location from which to serve a
  <section id="related"><title>Related Modules and Directives</title>
  <directive module="mod_alias">Alias</directive>
  <directive module="mod_alias">AliasMatch</directive>
  <directive module="mod_speling">CheckSpelling</directive>
  <directive module="core">DocumentRoot</directive>
  <directive module="core">ErrorDocument</directive>
  <directive module="core">Options</directive>
  <directive module="mod_proxy">ProxyPass</directive>
  <directive module="mod_proxy">ProxyPassReverse</directive>
  <directive module="mod_alias">Redirect</directive>
  <directive module="mod_alias">RedirectMatch</directive>
  <directive module="mod_rewrite">RewriteCond</directive>
  <directive module="mod_rewrite">RewriteMatch</directive>
  <directive module="mod_alias">ScriptAlias</directive>
  <directive module="mod_alias">ScriptAliasMatch</directive>
  <directive module="mod_userdir">UserDir</directive>
  <section id="documentroot"><title>DocumentRoot</title>
      <p>In deciding what file to serve for a given request, Apache's
      default behavior is to take the URL-Path for the request (the part
      of the URL following the hostname and port) and add it to the end
      of the <directive module="core">DocumentRoot</directive> specified
      in your configuration files. Therefore, the files and directories
      underneath the <directive module="core">DocumentRoot</directive>
      make up the basic document tree which will be visible from the
      <p>Apache is also capable of <a href="vhosts/">Virtual
      Hosting</a>, where the server receives requests for more than one
      host. In this case, a different <directive
      module="core">DocumentRoot</directive> can be specified for each
      virtual host, or alternatively, the directives provided by the
      module <module>mod_vhost_alias</module> can
      be used to dynamically determine the appropriate place from which
      to serve content based on the requested IP address or
  <section id="outside"><title>Files Outside the DocumentRoot</title>
      <p>There are frequently circumstances where it is necessary to
      allow web access to parts of the filesystem that are not strictly
      underneath the <directive
      module="core">DocumentRoot</directive>. Apache offers several
      different ways to accomplish this. On Unix systems, symbolic links
      can bring other parts of the filesystem under the <directive
      module="core">DocumentRoot</directive>. For security reasons,
      Apache will follow symbolic links only if the <directive
      module="core">Options</directive> setting for the relevant
      directory includes <code>FollowSymLinks</code> or
      <p>Alternatively, the <directive
      module="mod_alias">Alias</directive> directive will map any part
      of the filesystem into the web space. For example, with</p>
  <example>Alias /docs /var/web</example>
      <p>the URL <code></code>
      will be served from <code>/var/web/dir/file.html</code>. The
      <directive module="mod_alias">ScriptAlias</directive> directive
      works the same way, with the additional effect that all content
      located at the target path is treated as CGI scripts.</p>
      <p>For situations where you require additional flexibility, you
      can use the <directive module="mod_alias">AliasMatch</directive> and 
      <directive module="mod_alias">ScriptAliasMatch</directive>
      directives to do powerful regular-expression based matching and
      substitution. For example,</p>
  <example>ScriptAliasMatch ^/~([a-zA-Z0-9]*)/cgi-bin/(.*)
      <p>will map a request to
      <code></code> to the
      path <code>/home/user/cgi-bin/script.cgi</code> and will treat
      the resulting file as a CGI script.</p>
  <section id="user"><title>User Directories</title>
      <p>Traditionally on Unix systems, the home directory of a
      particular <em>user</em> can be referred to as
      <code>~user/</code>. The module <module>mod_userdir</module>
      extends this idea to the web by allowing files under each user's
      home directory to be accessed using URLs such as the
      <p>For security reasons, it is inappropriate to give direct
      access to a user's home directory from the web. Therefore, the
      <directive module="mod_userdir">UserDir</directive> directive
      specifies a directory underneath the user's home directory
      where web files are located. Using the default setting of
      <code>Userdir public_html</code>, the above URL maps to a file
      at a directory like
      <code>/home/user/public_html/file.html</code> where
      <code>/home/user/</code> is the user's home directory as
      specified in <code>/etc/passwd</code>.</p>
      <p>There are also several other forms of the
      <code>Userdir</code> directive which you can use on systems
      where <code>/etc/passwd</code> does not contain the location of
      the home directory.</p>
      <p>Some people find the "~" symbol (which is often encoded on the
      web as <code>%7e</code>) to be awkward and prefer to use an
      alternate string to represent user directories. This functionality
      is not supported by mod_userdir. However, if users' home
      directories are structured in a regular way, then it is possible
      to use the <directive module="mod_alias">AliasMatch</directive>
      directive to achieve the desired effect. For example, to make
      <code></code> map to
      <code>/home/user/public_html/file.html</code>, use the following
      <code>AliasMatch</code> directive:</p>
  <example>AliasMatch ^/upages/([a-zA-Z0-9]*)/?(.*)
  <section id="redirect"><title>URL Redirection</title>
      <p>The configuration directives discussed in the above sections
      tell Apache to get content from a specific place in the filesystem
      and return it to the client. Sometimes, it is desirable instead to
      inform the client that the requested content is located at a
      different URL, and instruct the client to make a new request with
      the new URL. This is called <em>redirection</em> and is
      implemented by the <directive
      module="mod_alias">Redirect</directive> directive. For example, if
      the contents of the directory <code>/foo/</code> under the
      <directive module="mod_alias">DocumentRoot</directive> are moved
      to the new directory <code>/bar/</code>, you can instruct clients
      to request the content at the new location as follows:</p>
  <example>Redirect permanent /foo/</example>
      <p>This will redirect any URL-Path starting in
      <code>/foo/</code> to the same URL path on the
      <code></code> server with <code>/bar/</code>
      substituted for <code>/foo/</code>. You can redirect clients to
      any server, not only the origin server.</p>
      <p>Apache also provides a <directive
      module="mod_alias">RedirectMatch</directive> directive for more
      complicated rewriting problems. For example, to redirect requests
      for the site home page to a different site, but leave all other
      requests alone, use the following configuration:</p>
  <example>RedirectMatch permanent ^/$</example>
      <p>Alternatively, to temporarily redirect all pages on a site
      to one particular page, use the following:</p>
  <example>RedirectMatch temp .*</example>
  <section id="proxy"><title>Reverse Proxy</title>
  <p>Apache also allows you to bring remote documents into the URL space
  of the local server.  This technique is called <em>reverse
  proxying</em> because the web server acts like a proxy server by
  fetching the documents from a remote server and returning them to the
  client.  It is different from normal proxying because, to the client,
  it appears the documents originate at the reverse proxy server.</p>
  <p>In the following example, when clients request documents under the
  <code>/foo/</code> directory, the server fetches those documents from
  the <code>/bar/</code> directory on <code></code>
  and returns them to the client as if they were from the local
  ProxyPass /foo/<br />
  ProxyPassReverse /foo/
  <p>The <directive module="mod_proxy">ProxyPass</directive> configures
  the server to fetch the appropriate documents, while the
  <directive module="mod_proxy">ProxyPassReverse</directive>
  directive rewrites redirects originating at
  <code></code> so that they target the appropriate
  directory on the local server.  It is important to note, however, that
  links inside the documents will not be rewritten.  So any absolute
  links on <code></code> will result in the client
  breaking out of the proxy server and requesting directly from
  <section id="rewrite"><title>Rewriting Engine</title>
      <p>When even more powerful substitution is required, the rewriting
      engine provided by <module>mod_rewrite</module>
      can be useful. The directives provided by this module use
      characteristics of the request such as browser type or source IP
      address in deciding from where to serve content. In addition,
      mod_rewrite can use external database files or programs to
      determine how to handle a request. The rewriting engine is capable
      of performing all three types of mappings discussed above:
      internal redirects (aliases), external redirects, and proxying.
      Many practical examples employing mod_rewrite are discussed in the
      <a href="misc/rewriteguide.html">URL Rewriting Guide</a>.</p>
  <section id="notfound"><title>File Not Found</title>
      <p>Inevitably, URLs will be requested for which no matching
      file can be found in the filesystem. This can happen for
      several reasons. In some cases, it can be a result of moving
      documents from one location to another. In this case, it is
      best to use <a href="#redirect">URL redirection</a> to inform
      clients of the new location of the resource. In this way, you
      can assure that old bookmarks and links will continue to work,
      even though the resource is at a new location.</p>
      <p>Another common cause of "File Not Found" errors is
      accidental mistyping of URLs, either directly in the browser,
      or in HTML links. Apache provides the module
      <module>mod_speling</module> (sic) to help with
      this problem. When this module is activated, it will intercept
      "File Not Found" errors and look for a resource with a similar
      filename. If one such file is found, mod_speling will send an
      HTTP redirect to the client informing it of the correct
      location. If several "close" files are found, a list of
      available alternatives will be presented to the client.</p>
      <p>An especially useful feature of mod_speling, is that it will
      compare filenames without respect to case. This can help
      systems where users are unaware of the case-sensitive nature of
      URLs and the unix filesystem. But using mod_speling for
      anything more than the occasional URL correction can place
      additional load on the server, since each "incorrect" request
      is followed by a URL redirection and a new request from the
      <p>If all attempts to locate the content fail, Apache returns
      an error page with HTTP status code 404 (file not found). The
      appearance of this page is controlled with the
      <directive module="core">ErrorDocument</directive> directive
      and can be customized in a flexible manner as discussed in the
      <a href="custom-error.html">Custom error responses</a> and <a
      href="misc/custom_errordocs.html">International Server Error
      Responses</a> documents.</p>

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