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From Joshua Slive <>
Subject Re: [users@httpd] VirtualHost _default_:* not working?
Date Tue, 03 Jun 2003 21:16:22 GMT

On Tue, 3 Jun 2003, Forrest Aldrich wrote:

> I'm trying to set a catch-all page that will be displayed, should something
> be pointed to my server (which hosts a few pages) for which it has no
> content.  For example, there might be a valid dns record that points here,
> but the page isn't hosted any longer, thus I want a 404 to come up (and
> will add more detail later, once I get this working).
> So, in the Apache Server Unleashed book, it explains the use of the
> _default_:* directive.  I set this to:

> All of the VirtualHost entries I have are via NameVirtualHost, ie: they
> have the same IP, but different ServerName entries.

The _default_ virtual host catches requests only for hosts that have no
matching IP address.  If you want a default name-based virtual host (one
that catches unrecognized hostnames) then simply create a new
<VirtualHost> block with the same IP as your NameVirtualHost directive,
give it a random ServerName, and list it first in your config file.


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