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From "Bill Jones, FCCJ Webmaster" <>
Subject Re: Need help adding symlink-like capability to Apache on NT
Date Tue, 05 Jan 1999 19:35:05 GMT
Bret McMillan wrote:
> You have a valid concern...  let me explain a bit more.  Right now,
> shortcuts are used in place of symlinks.
> If you had a "foo" symlink on the linux version, on the nt version it is
> represented by "foo.lnk".  These shortcut files are created at install time.
> Assume foo.lnk exists in your httpdoc directory.  Assume foo.lnk links to
> C:\Bret\, in which HelloWord.html exists.
> What I want to happen is for a url request of
> "" displays the contents of
> HelloWorld.html.
> We have an executable program that will do this:
> Commandline:  "slink foo/HelloWorld.html"
> Cout's:  "/bret/HelloWorld.html"
> So that part is essentially done.  What we're trying to figure out is where
> to integrate that into apache's code.
> Thanks for any and all info,
> Bret
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Bill Jones, FCCJ Webmaster <>
> To: <>
> Date: Tuesday, January 05, 1999 1:39 PM
> Subject: Re: Need help adding symlink-like capability to Apache on NT
> >Bret McMillan wrote:
> >>
> >> We've devised a system for using shortcuts like symlinks.  What we need
> to
> >> do is, given a url that may contain "symlinks", we need to internally
> >> resolve that name into a full NT path so that apache works with the
> correct
> >> file/directory.  We have the code for this, but we aren't quite sure what
> >> entry points in the code to work with (started looking at the source
> today).
> >> Can anyone provide some hints?
> >>
> >> Thanks,
> >>
> >> Bret McMillan
> >
> >
> >So, basically, you are saying that everything 'outside' of the
> >DocRoot and/or CGI directories are available to the 'public'?
> >
> >Not sure that is what you want to do...
> >
> >Just thinking out loud...
> >-Sneex-  :]
> >______________________________________________________________________
> >Bill Jones  | FCCJ Webmaster |
> >
> >

Dean, in another reply, has a valid point with mod_rewrite; however,
my question would be -

Did it work right under Linux with the soft links?

Allowing soft (or hard) links outside of DocRoot is not
a good idea, at any rate. I know that Apache's cgi
functionality doesn't follow links when they are
cgi-centric, not sure about NT.

Apache is a great WWW server, but modifying the core
distribution, especially in NT, isn't a good idea.

Anyways, if I remember correctly, all you need to do
is turn on WWW-centric shares for the content you
wish to share.  I have never gotten Apache to
follow a link on NT.  But, I do use Unix servers
more, so there may be another way...

-Sneex-  :]
Bill Jones  | FCCJ Webmaster |

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