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From Michael Douglass <>
Subject Re: Let's get rid of .htaccess files :-)
Date Thu, 18 Jul 1996 21:52:12 GMT
On Thu, 18 Jul 1996, Randy Terbush wrote:

> I'm playing with a format that would be as follows:
> conf/      <-- toplevel config "database"
> .htconfig  <-- contains and global config info	
>     /   <-- each of directories contain Vhost info
>     /   <-- the docroot directory structure would
>     /   <-- be mirrored _only_ where there were .htacces
> You would only need to parse the tree at startup and SIGHUP.
> It would be very easy to have a separate daemon watching the
> conf/ for changes and sending a SIGHUP when needed. The conf/
> could even be a DBM format file, however I prefer the idea
> of leaving it accessible by basic system tools like 'vi'.
> Hell, I could even imagine an Emacs mode for configuring the
> server! :-)

*shudder*  Imagine a site with a couple thousand people with their own
web pages.  Now imagine having 5 of those people actively changing their
configuration items for their directories...  Now imagine the server
HUPing every time.

Also how are you going to monitor the directory for changes?  Have a
process continually look at the time stamps for any configuration file
in the tree?  I'm only a bit confused.

For large systems either .htaccess or a similar technique is the best
thing to do since it allows the individual to modify his/her access
perms with ease.

Michael Douglass
Texas Networking, Inc.

  "To be a saint is to be an exception; to be a true man is the rule.
   Err, fail, sin if you must, but be upright.  To sin as little as
   possible is the law for men; to sin not at all is a dream for angels."

              - Victor Hugo, "Les Miserables"

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