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From Jeff Trawick <traw...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: [users@httpd] httpd on Windows -- can access UNC paths from service but not mapped drives
Date Fri, 03 Dec 2010 15:41:48 GMT
Thanks, all!   Does this look reasonable?

Index: platform/windows.xml
===================================================================
--- platform/windows.xml	(revision 1041847)
+++ platform/windows.xml	(working copy)
@@ -757,4 +757,33 @@
     80 to attempt to bypass firewall issues.</p>
   </section>

+  <section id="windrivemap">
+    <title>Configuring Access to Network Resources</title>
+
+  <p>Access to files over the network can be specified using two
+  mechanisms provided by Windows:</p>
+
+  <dl>
+    <dt>Mapped drive letters</dt>
+    <dd>e.g., <code>Alias /images/ Z:/</code></dd>
+
+    <dt>UNC paths</dt>
+    <dd>e.g., <code>Alias /images/ //imagehost/www/images/</code></dd>
+  </dl>
+
+  <p>Mapped drive letters allow the administrator to maintain the
+  mapping to a specific machine and path outside of the Apache httpd
+  configuration.  However, these mappings are associated only with
+  interactive sessions and are not directly available to Apache httpd
+  when it is started as a service.  <strong>Use only UNC paths for
+  network resources in httpd.conf</strong> so that the resources can
+  be accessed consistently regardless of how Apache httpd is started.
+  (Arcane and error prone procedures may work around the restriction
+  on mapped drive letters, but this is not recommended.)</p>
+
+  <p>When running Apache httpd as a service, you must create a
+  separate account in order to access network resources, as described
+  above.</p>
+  </section>
+
 </manualpage>

On Fri, Dec 3, 2010 at 9:13 AM, Joost de Heer <joost@sanguis.xs4all.nl> wrote:
> On Fri, December 3, 2010 14:53, Jeff Trawick wrote:
>> e.g., this works:
>>
>> Alias /something //machinename/directory
>>
>> and this doesn't:
>>
>> Alias /else z:/foo
>
> Does the Z-drive exist in the context of the user running httpd?
>
>> I see this question raised a number of times, but I don't see any
>> definitive steps to resolve.  Any hints?
>
> http://stackoverflow.com/questions/182750/how-to-map-a-network-drive-to-be-used-by-a-service
>
> Joost
>
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