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From Joshua Slive <>
Subject Re: [users@httpd] Is mod_rewrite REQUEST_FILENAME a full path or relative to docume nt root?
Date Wed, 15 Oct 2003 01:16:04 GMT

On Mon, 13 Oct 2003, Millaway, John wrote:
> The docs for RewriteCond say REQUEST_FILENAME is, "the full local filesystem
> path to the file or script matching the request." However, according to the
> mod_rewrite logs, REQUEST_FILENAME is relative to the document root.  To
> make it more confusing, some examples in the rewrite guide use filesystem
> tests (-f and -d) on REQUEST_FILENAME by itself, while other examples prefix
> REQUEST_FILENAME with an absolute physical. Is REQUEST_FILENAME a full
> filesystem path or not?

I'm not an expert on this, but I'd guess it has to do with the difference
between the per-directory and server-wide context.  I bet you get one
result when you put rewrite rules in the global server-wide context, and
another when you put them inside a <Directory> or in an .htaccess files.


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