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From "Boyle Owen" <>
Subject RE: [users@httpd] Alias not working
Date Tue, 03 Dec 2002 08:25:43 GMT
So what you're saying is that:

	> Alias /manual "C:/Program Files/Apache Group/Apache2/manual"

works, but:

	> Alias /news "D:/Shared/APRS/ArchiveData/News"

doesn't and that your error is:

	> "The requested operation has failed!"

Am I right?

If so, since the error is not a typical apache error but rather sounds
like it is coming from the OS, I would guess that the apache process is
failing to mount the D: drive. I'm no windows expert, but I believe
Win2K now has the concept of users and permissions. So apache presumably
runs as a particular user (e.g. "apache") and this guy has to be allowed
to access D:

Check out the users permissions scheme (no idea how it works in win2K -
maybe some windows guys know?)


Owen Boyle

>-----Original Message-----
>From: Jim Walls []
>Sent: Dienstag, 3. Dezember 2002 06:53
>To: Apache List
>Subject: [users@httpd] Alias not working
>Hi all,
>    I recently setup an Apache web server on a Win 2K computer.  I let
>the installer set everything up (that works fine for basic stuff using
>the Win 2K installer).  It's worked fine this way since I set 
>it up.  In
>the last couple days I have been trying to map an alias so that I could
>access a directory on the other drive on the same computer.  I read the
>description in the docs for alias and found a couple of alias 
>entries in
>httpd.conf that I could use as a reference.  My Apache installation is
>on C: and the directory I'm trying to map to is
>D:\Shared\APRS\ArchiveData\News, and I want it to appear as /news on my
>website.  I can't make it work.  I have tried many different variations
>and always get a 404 error.  Below is an excerpt of my modified
>httpd.conf.  I used the alias for /manual as a reference to start out
>with.  I started out taking the alias and <directory...> below it and
>modified the target of both to the /news directive.  I then restarted
>Apache and it would not start.  After some experimenting I 
>found that no
>matter what I put into the <Directory..., Apache would not start.  It
>results in a "The requested operation has failed!" error 
>message.  Below
>are several other variations of the <Directory... statement that were
>tried.  No matter what, Apache would not start.  If I leave the
><Directory... statement out (or remed out), Apache starts, but 
>the alias
>is not recognized.  As a sanity test, I copied the Alias for /manual to
>create a second line that defined an alias of /man.  I restarted Apache
>and the /man alias was recognized. I will fully admit that I don't
>really understand the stuff inside the <Directory... statement, but the
>Alias seemed simple enough.  The excerpt below is exactly as it is as I
>type this.
>    So, what am I missing?
>Alias /manual "C:/Program Files/Apache Group/Apache2/manual"
><Directory "C:/Program Files/Apache Group/Apache2/manual">
>    Options Indexes FollowSymLinks MultiViews IncludesNoExec
>    AddOutputFilter Includes html
>    AllowOverride None
>    Order allow,deny
>    Allow from all
># This segment added 12-02-02 to allow access to News archive
>Alias /news "D:/Shared/APRS/ArchiveData/News"
># <Directory "D:/Shared/APRS/ArchiveData/News/">
>#    Options Indexes MultiViews
>#    Order allow,deny
>#    Allow from all
># </Directory>
># <Directory "D:/Shared/APRS/ArchiveData/News/">
>#    Options Indexes MultiViews
>#    AllowOverride None
>#    Order allow,deny
>#    Allow from all
># </Directory>
>Jim Walls - K6CCC
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