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From Andreas Ley <>
Subject [users@httpd] <Directory> matching when <Location> should match
Date Thu, 23 Jul 2015 13:45:06 GMT

I have a configuration (apache 2.2, soon 2.4) which basically is

DocumentRoot /var/www
<Location /server-status>
SetHandler server-status
<Directory /var/www/>
RewriteEngine On
RewriteRule .* https://%{SERVER_NAME}%{REQUEST_URI}

(of course there is another VirtualHost on port 443)

I want to redirect all requests for _filesystem_ objects to a secure
connection, but the non-filesystem object served via a handler should
be available unencrypted. (FYI: I use the server-status for health
check by a loadbalancer, but the documents are protected by shibboleth)

However, also requests for /server-status get redirected :( Documentation
says "Enclose a group of directives that apply only to the named file-system
directory, sub-directories, and their contents." Cleary /server-status is
not within /var/www ...

My naive imagination would be that apache performs a url-to-filesystem-
path conversion, and only if the outcome really is a directory or a file,
then applies the corresponding directives. Either this is not the case,
or I'm missing something completly :(

There is a hidden hint in the docs for RewriteCond:
"REQUEST_FILENAME The full local filesystem path to the file or script
matching the request, if this has already been determined by the server
at the time REQUEST_FILENAME is referenced. Otherwise, such as when used
in virtual host context, the same value as REQUEST_URI. Depending on the
value of AcceptPathInfo, the server may have only used some leading
components of the REQUEST_URI to map the request to a file."

After reading this, I tried
RewriteCond "%{LA-U:REQUEST_FILENAME}" "/var/www/.*"
with no effect :(

Is there anybody familiar enough with how apache's working to explain
what's happening here? Or better yet, does somebody have any idea how
to accomplish what I'm seeking to do, i.e. redirecting all filesystem
objects while leaving alone all "virtual" URLs?

TIA, Andy

Andreas Ley, SCC, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), D-76128 Karlsruhe
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