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From Brian Behlendorf <br...@hyperreal.com>
Subject Re: Redirect problem [Paul Richards <paul@netcraft.co.uk>] (fwd)
Date Wed, 12 Jul 1995 03:54:02 GMT

Is it just not worth it to filter on email addresses anymore?  
It has saved us from several spams (unless one of you is 
interested in Russian brides...)  -brian

p.s. - I add every address that got caught unintentionally to a 
these-other-people-can-post-too file.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Paul Richards <paul@netcraft.co.uk>
Subject: Re: Redirect problem
To: new-httpd@hyperreal.com
Date: Tue, 11 Jul 1995 20:49:08 +0100 (BST)

In reply to Rob Hartill who said
> 
> 
> My guess is that shambhala is processing ScriptAlias before
> Redirect, because we have,
> 
> Redirect /htbin/ http://arachnid.cm.cf.ac.uk/htbin/
> ScriptAlias /htbin/ /mnt60/apache/htbin/
> 
> 
> /htbin/ used to be serviced by this machine, but was Redirected
> to another (arachnid) recently.
> 
> Apache acts on the Redirect before expanding the ScriptAlias.
> Same is probably true for Alias.
> 
> We'll need to make this Apache/NCSA compatible.

A more correct approach would be to issue an error for ambiguous 
declarations. 

Things will (already are) get messy if internal behaviour of the
server is relied upon to arbitrate in situations like this since
you become tied to old behaviour and much worse, changes to the
server that you wouldn't expect to cause problems have unexpected
results, as we're seeing here..

It would be better to bite the bullet now and lay down the law as to what 
is correct rather than perpetuate bad practices.

Simply aborting at startup clearly stating an ambiguity has been found in
the configuration files has been found would be more of a favour to
web admins.

I wouldn't put NCSA compatibilty too high on the list. What will make
people switch to  Apache is the fact that it's doing things right.


-- 
  Paul Richards, Bluebird Computer Systems. FreeBSD core team member. 
  Internet: paul@FreeBSD.org, http://www.freebsd.org/~paul
  Phone: 0370 462071 (Mobile), +44 1222 457651 (home)


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