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From Bernard TREMBLAY <>
Subject [users@httpd] The .htaccess ANSI (ASCII) Format and linked problems
Date Wed, 30 Mar 2011 17:21:17 GMT

As we can pay attention .htaccess must be only redacted in ANSI.

This rule is not absolute :

    * The Windows version supports the 3 chars which marks the encoding
      of the file.

If on Linux a file coming from windows env with is the 3 format coding
identification is submitted we get :


I just lost 9 days locked because nobody had the idea to check the file
in hexa and had never taking care of the encoding.

Practically if the content is ANSI if will be identical if coded 8859-2
or UTF8 or ANSI and seen identical on editors screens.

Most of editors recognize the format and save into the same is not
changed by user.

If accidentally somebody have to save a full project, it can (this is
what happens) save in UTF-8 the htaccess file.
On development platform which was windows everything was ok.
When the file have been loading by ftp to the server on linux the error

So My question and proposal is :

Why all the version will not test for .htaccess if the first 3 chars are
not encoding marks and then either threat the following as ASCII (the
same as on windows) or send a clear message :

"ERROR HTACCESS file must be encoded ANSI"

This probably will earn time and money to people who have to work with
the two platforms and as me have no incident during last seven years...

Best regards


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