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From Joshua Slive <>
Subject Re: <Location> vs. <Directory>
Date Wed, 13 Aug 2003 20:37:43 GMT

On Wed, 13 Aug 2003, Cliff Woolley wrote:
> WARNING: Use these directives only for objects that do not reside in the
> filesystem (such as a webpage generated from a database).  When applying
> directives to objects that reside in the filesystem, use <Directory> or
> <Files> instead.  See the "What to use when" section of
> for more details.

The Location docs in 2.0 say almost exactly that:

"<Location> sections operate completely outside the filesystem. This has
several consequences. Most importantly, <Location>  directives should not
be used to control access to filesystem locations. Since several different
URLs may map to the same filesystem location, such access controls may by

When to use <Location>

Use <Location> to apply directives to content that lives outside the
filesystem. For content that lives in the filesystem, use <Directory> and
<Files>. An exception is <Location />, which is an easy way to apply a
configuration to the entire server."

Adding a link from there to sections.html might be a good idea, however.

Also, I'm not happy anymore with how I organized sections.html.  Having
the discussion of <IfModule> and <IfDefine> right at the top puts way to
much emphasis on these silly sections.  Improvements welcome.


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