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From "Jeff Cohen" <>
Subject RE: [users@httpd] DocumentRoot Bug?
Date Thu, 29 May 2003 22:39:23 GMT
Apache wasn't build *on* windows, therefore some directives in win32 systems
will be different than the documentation will represent, or maybe you
weren't looking in the right sections.

I started using Apache on win32 based machines and found it sometimes not
identical as per the documentation say, therefore I would say - experience.
At the same way you got to find that you'll get to know more, and that's why
I'm here - to help with my knowledge and to learn from others.

All the best,
Jeff Cohen
Tel. (416) 917-2324
GEJ-IT Networks!
-----Original Message-----
From: Atholl Tomlinson [] 
Sent: Thursday, May 29, 2003 5:39 PM
Subject: [users@httpd] DocumentRoot Bug?

Hi All
 I've trying to setup a relative path for the Documentroot directive so that
 I can move the Apache install to a different drive or file location without
 to change the httpd.conf file.
If I use the absolute path everything works fine e.g. DocumentRoot
When I try to set a relative path (Reletive from ServerRoot) e.g.
 DocumentRoot "www" the server starts but I can't see any pages.

According the the following text in httpd.conf this should work.
>If the filenames do *not* begin with "/", the value of ServerRoot is 
>prepended -- so "logs/foo.log" with ServerRoot set to "c:/Apache2" 
>will be interpreted by the server as "c:/Apache2/logs/foo.log"
I've tried this on Apache 1.3.27 and 2.0.43 running on Windows XP
I've also tried using an alias with a relative path on both Apache 1.3.27
and 2.0.43
Interestingly enough the alias on Apache 2.0.43 is the only one that works.
As I said before everything works fine if I use an absolute path.
Am I missing something or should I log this as a bug?

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