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From Nick Kew <>
Subject Re: [users@httpd] Rewrite and automount question
Date Fri, 08 Aug 2014 21:36:43 GMT

On 8 Aug 2014, at 14:51, Rose, John B wrote:

> We have experimented with using Rewrite to replace /~someuser with /someuser

How very 1997.

> However there is a problem with systems using automounter in the case of an http request
for a non-existing

That's your filesystem.  Apache has no knowledge of whether a directory
exists until it performs a lookup.  And it's the lookup that triggers the automount.
Check your NFS options.

Using NFS with apache - or anywhere exposed to the public 'net -
is not encouraged.  Not good for either security or performance.

> Anyone have a way to implement the above without doing undesired automount attempts of
a non-existent "someuser"?

Most simply, make sure AllowOverride is set to None.

You could also see if mod_cache helps, and if it doesn't
then you've diagnosed a major inefficiency in your server.
But mod_cache will only reduce, not eliminate, NFS accesses.

Nick Kew
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