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From Jim Patterson <Jim.Patter...@Cognos.COM>
Subject mod_alias/6881: AliasMatch syntax worked in last revision, now no longer matches
Date Wed, 22 Nov 2000 21:35:43 GMT

>Number:         6881
>Category:       mod_alias
>Synopsis:       AliasMatch syntax worked in last revision, now no longer matches
>Confidential:   no
>Severity:       non-critical
>Priority:       medium
>Responsible:    apache
>State:          open
>Class:          sw-bug
>Submitter-Id:   apache
>Arrival-Date:   Wed Nov 22 13:40:01 PST 2000
>Originator:     Jim.Patterson@Cognos.COM
>Release:        2.0a8
Windows 2000 SP1
Visual C++ 5.0 SP3
I have been using AliasMatch to map an application virtual path to my application's web content
directory. My intention is that if you put in the virtual path without a trailing slash it
will enter the application, but it should not match a longer word that just happens to start
with the name of my application. The syntax I use is as follows:
  AliasMatch ^/myapp($|/.*) "E:/Program Files/MyAppDir/webcontent$1"
but it no longer works. If I revert to this (somewhat less satisfactory) form:
  Alias /myapp "E:/Program Files/MyAppDir/webcontent"
then it works.
The first form worked in 2.0a7.

Create an alias to a content directory on your PC with AliasMatch e.g.
    AliasMatch "/docs($|/.*)" "C:/Docs$1"
Place a default file into that directory e.g. "index.html" with some appropriate content.
Try the url http://localhost/docs
It should bring up the "index.html" with typical Apache defaults. Instead I receive a "Not
Found" error.
If you replace the AliasMatch with a more normal Alias e.g.
    Alias "/docs" "C:/Docs"
then things work as expected but it will also match other names e.g. /docs2.

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