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From Eric Covener <>
Subject Re: [Patch] Simplifying mod_alias
Date Mon, 22 Dec 2014 12:24:53 GMT
On Mon, Dec 22, 2014 at 5:15 AM, Graham Leggett <> wrote:
> The expression support is a superset of the regex support, making the regex support redundant.
> The *Match parameters are self contained, you cannot make a backreference outside the
scope of that single directive. In contrast the LocationMatch/DirectoryMatch sections are
not self contained, their backreferences are exposed to expressions and can be used and reused
in many unrelated directives.
> I have heard growing criticism of httpd for being too complicated, and this is an attempt
to address that. Supporting 7 directives to do the job of just 3 makes people’s eyes bleed.

You'll still have 7 directives though.  Some of them will be marked
deprecated because they're less flexible. Sometimes less flexible is a
sign of simplicity and not something to be relegated to a compat

You'll also have two modules and two pages in the manual. The examples
for Redirect will now have configuration sections with named
back-references and won't work in htaccess.

These users whose eyes bleed at the difference between Redirect and
RedirectMatch or trying to capture the first component of the path
aren't exactly going to do cartwheels when at the idea of new
configuration sections and named back-references to accomplish a basic

I still don't see any reason to call the existing *Match deprecated to
add expression support.

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