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From Brestin Sebastian <>
Subject Re: [users@httpd] help on <Directory> directive
Date Tue, 17 Apr 2012 20:23:38 GMT
Yes, this is the case. It is a possibility that "dir" could not exist. Also
I do not have the any other access to the "server" other than read
permission. So I would like to configure somehow apache to start even
thought the path is unreachable.

"Dir" is actually a cache folder. But this "dir" could not exist depending
on the network administration. I want apache to take advantage of that
cache folder if it exists elsewhere it will serve the request from internet.

The current configuration that does not work consists in:

Alias /path /server/dir

<Directory "/server/dir">

If I remove remove Directory directive it is works, but I need the
Directory directive as well.
So any ideas?

On Tue, Apr 17, 2012 at 5:28 PM, Mark H. Wood <> wrote:

> On Tue, Apr 17, 2012 at 09:40:03AM +0300, Brestin Sebastian wrote:
> > Hello,
> > Why if I am using <Directory "/server/dir"> and the server is offline I
> get
> > invalid path and apache will not start? How could I manage this?
> More detail would be helpful, but it looks like you are mounting a
> storage server across a network onto /server, yes?  If there is
> nothing mounted at /server, what do you see?  If there is not a local
> path /server/dir and the server is not mounted over /server then
> "/server/dir" is indeed an invalid path.  (So far as the local
> filesystem is concerned, it is the same case as if the storage *is*
> mounted at /server but there is no subdirectory "dir" in the root of
> that remote volume.)
> If HTTPD must start even though the storage server is not mounted, you
> could make an empty directory "dir" under the local "/server" and I
> think that would satisfy the HTTPD configuration interpreter.
> --
> Mark H. Wood, Lead System Programmer   mwood@IUPUI.Edu
> Asking whether markets are efficient is like asking whether people are
> smart.

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