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From Brian Atkins <>
Subject Re: Virtual Hosting w/ mod_rewrite \(complete solution\?\)
Date Fri, 27 Feb 1998 17:34:49 GMT
Ralf S. Engelschall wrote:
> In article <> you wrote:
> > At 11:52 AM 2/26/98 -0500, Brian Atkins wrote:
> >[...idea of an own module instead of a complicated mod_rewrite ruleset...]
> > The advantage is that a module could be written (perhaps modeled closely
> > after mod_userdir) to do this without needing to link in mod_rewrite.  I
> > love mod_rewrite, but being able to accomplish this without using it would
> > be preferable IMHO.

I did not write this. Too many Brians around here! :-)

> Hmmmm... I currently don't see your point here, Brian. What are the actual
> advantages of an own module? The hidden complexity of the mod_rewrite ruleset?
> Hmm.. yes, ok, I accept this point. It's not trivial, but when we start to
> write own modules for all URL-based problems we had solved in the past with
> mod_rewrite we had died...
> Ok, I'm totally biased in using mod_rewrite for all situations where URLs are
> involved ;-), but I personally (still) think it is better to have a Swiss Army
> Knife then twenty simply knifes. Ok, one disadvantage the swiss army knife
> always has: It's more complex and more difficulty to use... here you are
> right.
> But I think it is now really worth to code a new module just to replace the
> complex ruleset. On the other hand (just kidding): Do you ever saw a
> *NON*-complex rewriting ruleset for mod_rewrite? This way of thinking we can
> state that the vhost-rules are harmless ;-)
> But don't understand me wrong, I'm not totally against a mod_vhost: When
> someone writes it and it works ok, I would use this instead of mod_rewrite.
> Sure. But unless someone writes this beast I still want to solve the problem.
> So, to be constructive: Provides the presented ruleset all functionality we
> need for virtual hosting or does it lack an essential features?
>                                        Ralf S. Engelschall

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