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From Philip Wigg <>
Subject Re: [users@httpd] can .htaccess make url better ?
Date Mon, 08 Mar 2010 19:35:21 GMT
On 8 March 2010 18:56, Jonathan Zuckerman <> wrote:
> Hey Rich, and anybody else who knows about this, what you've just said
> touches on a question I've been wondering about: a few folks at work have
> always told me that .htaccess was a really slow way to load configuration
> because it needs to be checked per directory, as opposed to the global
> configuration in httpd.conf or whatever that can be cached for the whole
> webserver.
> How true is this really? I've worked on a couple of high-load
> high-availability webservers and we've never made a point of putting general
> site configuration and rewrite rules in the httpd.conf file, using .htaccess
> in the site root instead..
> Having the ability to modify .htaccess without needing to restart the
> web-servers is nice but certainly not essential, we generally restart the
> webservers anyway when we make changes to the site in order to clear the
> op-code cache.  I'm wondering though if we could retire a server and still
> support the same load, or at least see performance increases with a little
> jiggering of the configuration..
> I guess the way to test this would be to just do it and see the results,
> I'll let you know what I find out, but hearing about actual experiences from
> anybody else would be nice too.

There's a useful section in the documentation about this subject:-

-- Phil

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