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From "William A. Rowe, Jr." <>
Subject Re: [PATCH] Allow DocumentRoot within Location blocks
Date Mon, 07 Jan 2002 06:06:42 GMT
From: "Ryan Bloom" <>
Sent: Sunday, January 06, 2002 11:34 PM

> I would like to discuss the reasoning behind this change.  Why are we trying
> to overload the meaning of DocumentRoot this way?

Because it allows the DocumentRoot to be, well, nonexistant.

It allows us to have the following section;

<Location /nowhere>
    DocumentRoot unset

that makes it 100% clear where nowhere goes.  It is also possibly easier
than alias, since

<Location /private>
    DocumentRoot /some/private/resource
    Options deny,allow
    Allow from

works the same as 

Alias /private /some/private/resource

<Location /private>
    Options deny,allow
    Allow from

but the former is very explicit.

That was the reasoning, at least, for the suggestion in STATUS.

It would allow us to transition to a more flexible schema, where <Location >s
are mounted to the filesystem, or JK space, or some other mechanism for serving
content.  And it certainly neither breaks the existing DocumentRoot, nor the
Alias directive [which will still, as always, override DocumentRoot.)


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