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From Rob Hartill <>
Subject Re: WWW Form Bug Report: "Directory named .htaccess causes high CPU" on Irix
Date Fri, 11 Oct 1996 23:39:54 GMT

Thanks for the info, I don't think we'd come across this problem

rob wrote:
>Operating system: Irix, version: 5.3
>Version of Apache Used: 1.1.1
>Extra Modules used: proxy_module,info_module,status_module,config_log_module,referer_log_module,action_module,imap_module,asis_module,env_module,alias_module,userdir_module,cgi_module,dir_module,includes_module,
negotiation_module, auth_module, access_module, mime_module, core_module
>URL exhibiting problem: 
>If a user creates a directory named .htaccess
>apache will start using up a lot of CPU. It appears
>that the server process goes into an infinite
>loop. More and more servers get created as the
>hung ones stop servicing requests. Asside from the
>high CPU usage, anyone trying to load a page from
>that directory would see the request hang as if
>the remote system was taking a very long time to
>satisfy the request.
>In our case, this was done by a user in their
>public_html/ directory. They had created .htaccess/
>and put a file called access in it. They now now
>how to create the .htaccess file correctly :-)

Rob Hartill (  ... why wait for a clear night to see the stars?.

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