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From "David R Boldt" <>
Subject an Include for <Directory contents
Date Wed, 06 Feb 2002 23:20:24 GMT
I am packaging the Apache Web server software for distribution
within the USGS Water Resources Division, which has over 100
Web servers.

Our Intranet, for various reasons, takes several dozen allow and 
deny statements to define.  This information has to be repeated 
several times for each Web server to wall off appropriate directories 
as being internal.

Given this environment is very difficult to make modifications to 
our intranet definition.  I was excited and then disappointed with
the Include statement  ... as it promised to let me place this 
information in a separate file, which I might then have some hope 
of being able to update.  Alas it can't be used in the exact context 
that I need it..  inside of <Directory statements.

.htaccess files have the drawback that each local site also needs
to include additional special "allows" for clients that they deal with,
and there is no way I know of to use multiple access files.   ... and
if I allow local updates, then I can't update the file.

                                          -- David Boldt

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