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From Steve Swift <>
Subject Re: [users@httpd] using htaccess on all hosts to block addresses
Date Mon, 12 Dec 2011 19:39:02 GMT
Presumably, it not whether you use htaccess, but whether you have it
enabled. Once it is enables, apache has to follow the directory tree, just
in case an htaccess file has turned up.

I wonder if apache takes advantage of hosts which notify it when
new/changed files appear in a directory tree that "interests" it? For
example, Windows Media Player knows about new albums that I've downloaded a
few seconds after I add them to my music collection. This way, it could
skip looking for htaccess files until it knows where they are.

On 12 December 2011 17:55, Tom Evans <> wrote:

> On Mon, Dec 12, 2011 at 5:42 PM, Steve Swift <>
> wrote:
> > I think you'll have to put it in the documentroot of all of your
> > virtualhosts. Since it would be so much easier to do this in the Apache
> > config, I'll assume that you cannot do this for some reason.
> >
> > Second best would be to create the file in one documentroot, then use
> hard
> > links to place it in all of the other documentroots.
> >
> No, when Apache is instructed to read .htaccess files (from an
> appropriate AllowOverride section), it will walk up the directory tree
> until it reach a directory that has AllowOverride None, or it reaches
> the root.
> Therefore, if you have /srv/http/site1/htdocs and
> /srv/http/site2/htdocs, and you place a htaccess at
> /srv/http/.htaccess, and /srv/http/siteN/htdocs is allowed to have a
> htaccess file, then the following htaccess files will be attempted to
> be loaded:
> /srv/http/siteN/htdocs/.htaccess
> /srv/http/siteN/.htaccess
> /srv/http/.htaccess
> /srv/.htaccess
> '/' is normally marked 'AllowOverride None' in the base conf file, so
> that wouldn't normally be checked.
> As should be obvious, this is part of the reason why you are
> discouraged from using .htaccess, it vastly inflates the work that
> apache must do to serve a request. More info in the docs:
> Cheers
> Tom
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