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From "William A. Rowe, Jr." <>
Subject Re: [users@httpd] Configuration Problems
Date Sat, 20 Sep 2008 01:47:48 GMT
André Warnier wrote:
> Not knowing Vista, I have not much to contribute, 

the bit of information you are missing is file permissions and UAC (User
Access Control).  Clearly a file permission problem, because it didn't
silently accept their change as a private copy that the system would
ignore.  Run notepad (for example) "as administrator" and the file can
be modified; alternately run

> but a little bit of advice :
> Re : C:\Program Files\Apache Software Foundation\Apache2.2\conf\httpd.conf
> If you are really at the beginning, and if this is not forbidden in 
> Vista, I would suggest to de-install your Apache package, and re-install 
> it in a directory such as "C:\Apache2.2" or even "C:\Apache2".
> That will take you 5 minutes now, and save you later many keystrokes, 
> many typos and many headaches.

No argument.  I've determined to do this for my classroom work, since
students copying from an overhead are prone to mistype.  The permissions
may be prickly though,

> Paths with spaces in them bite you sooner or later, and that one is 
> really terrible. Can't even paste it into an email without wrapping it 
> around.
> And think of your <Directory> sections in your httpd.conf later..

Two points.  Quote the pathnames, it's trivial.  Secondly, try ^C/^V,
it spares you a ton of embarrassment.  (It has for me.)

> I really don't know why the Apache Windows package creators embed such a 
> terrible path by default in that installer.

Because c:\ pollution is even worse, and MS choose the convention, not us.
Give me a break and complain to them.

The next solution will be worse.  The proper solution is that the actual
configuration is a per-user mess living in a tree that is named;

   c:\Users[*]\Application Data\Apache Software Foundation\Apache2.2\

[*] Documents and Settings for all you poor XP/2003/NT users

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