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From Joshua Slive <>
Subject Re: [users@httpd] Qs: server maintenance, URL redirection, etc
Date Mon, 15 Nov 2004 14:25:34 GMT
On Sun, 14 Nov 2004 20:25:02 -0600, Matthew England
<> wrote:

> 1) When I take down only a certain application (again, like phpBB), I want
> all phpbb-specific URLs to go to a phpbb-specific "under construction"
> area, rather then having all the invalid/404 URLs directed to an "invalid"
> page.  More specifically, I want ever URL with
> https://<servername>/forums/* (because phpbb dir maps to "/forums") to
> temporarily go to an alternative web page...but only the /forums/* links
> (and not any of the others).  How do I do this?  I see no mention of
> finding out what URL the client is attempting to access at
> .

Like most directives, ErrorDocument can be scoped in <Directory>,
<Location>, etc, to limit its applicability to particular areas.

But your problem might just as well be served with a 
Redirect temp /forums

As far as giving yourself access, you can setup an Alias pointing at
the same area with a different URL that wouldn't be hit by the

> 2) I am hoping theres a general FAQ/RTFM site/page that points out
> strategies for gracefully managing Apache server/app downtime in
> general.  eg, can I redirect my main server that I'm working on and testing
> to another port (eg, 8080 for normal port, 444 for altnerative SSL port,
> etc) to do this?  If so, this does not always jive with server apps (eg,
> many of them assume a root URL in their underlying config/database).  I'm
> sure this a common FAQ that's answered somewhere.

Well, there are so many different variations on how to do this that it
would be impossible to have a simple guide.  It depends entirely on
your requirements.

It is certainly possible to have the server accessible under different
ports by adjusting the Listen (and possible VirtualHost and
ServerName) directive.


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