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From "Ralf S. Engelschall" <>
Subject Re: [PATCH] more mass virtual hosting support
Date Fri, 21 May 1999 07:22:55 GMT

In article <> you wrote:
> Jim Jagielski <> wrote:
>>Tony Finch wrote:
>>> The first two attachments to this message are the source code and
>>> documentation for mod_vhost_alias. This module provides simplified and
>>> streamlined support for dynamic mass virtual hosting as compared to
>>> using mod_rewrite. In addition it allows you to vary the DocumentRoot
>>> or a standard ScriptAlias based on the IP address of the server, which
>>> isn't possible with mod_rewrite (but see below).
>>wow... I'm gonna try this out on one of my spares.
>>This is cool function.
> Glad you think so :-)
> BTW, something I have been thinking about but haven't investigated yet
> is mass SSL vhosting. Demon uses IP vhosting for historical reasons
> but other than that the main reason to do things that way is SSL. It
> would be cool to get mod_ssl to magically find a vhost's certificate
> on the fly in a similar manner to mod_vhost_alias and the document
> root. I haven't got my head round SSLeay yet so this idea probably
> won't happen until Demon decide they want to do SSL vhosting, unless
> anyone else wants to do it...

Hmmm.... how exactly do you think mod_ssl can magically find out the
name-based virtual hosts _before_ the Host: header is sent? AFAIK there is no
chance (read also, but
feel free to introduce new ideas for solutions... I'm open for every trick
which works ;) But AFAIK there is no portable trick...

                                       Ralf S. Engelschall

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