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From Matt McCutchen <>
Subject Re: [users@httpd] Semantics of "RewriteOptions inherit" in htaccess files needs improvement
Date Mon, 02 Feb 2009 02:36:53 GMT
On Sun, 2009-02-01 at 23:19 +0100, Bob Ionescu wrote:
> 2009/1/31 Matt McCutchen <>:
> > #1. Currently, "RewriteOptions inherit" works as if the parent's rules
> > were copied and pasted into the child (after any other rules).  This
> > means that requests in the child directory are tested against the
> > parent's rules after stripping the /child's/ RewriteBase.  Thus, the
> > parent's rules have a different effect when inherited by "RewriteOptions
> > inherit" compared to when the child has no mod_rewrite configuration at
> > all, in which case they are tested after stripping the /parent's/
> > RewriteBase.  I found this behavior surprising.

[Note: I guess everywhere I said RewriteBase, I really meant per-dir
prefix.  The per-dir prefix is what is stripped at the beginning; the
RewriteBase is prepended at the end.]

> Mhmmm; actually, that's exactly what I'm using in environments where I
> don't have access to the main server configuration. :-)
> E.g. domain1 points to /var/www, domain2 to /var/www/sub and
> /var/www/sub/.htaccess inherits (i.e. 1:1 copy) /var/www/.htaccess. A
> regEx of ^foo$ in /var/www/sub/.htaccess would match against a

I think you meant /var/www/.htaccess in that line.

> filename /var/www/foo and against /var/www/sub/foo in
> /var/www/sub/.htaccess caused by inheriting, which is intended (the
> per-dir prefix is striped prior matching, of course). The URL-path
> (which doesn't matter in per-dir context for matching) would be in
> both cases /foo while the domain is different.

Really?  I straced Apache 2.2.10 and it only starts processing .htaccess
files from the document root, so if the document root for domain2
were /var/www/sub , it would not read /var/www/.htaccess at all to
inherit any rules defined there.  Is your Apache behaving differently?


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