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From Spike Burkhardt <>
Subject Re: [users@httpd] Trouble with regexp on <Directory>, using Apache 1.3.33
Date Wed, 24 Aug 2005 21:20:35 GMT

  Maybe I'm missing something, but in this case wouldn't using .htaccess 
be a good approach?


Martijn wrote:

> Hello everyone,
> I've been trying to solve this for the last 2 days, but somehow I'm 
> unable to see the logic here. Hope anyone can help me explain what's 
> going on:
> I've got a few directories, lets say they're named A, B, C and D.
> Two of these (A and B) need to be restricted.
> I figured that this should be done by the following regexp:
> <Directory ~ "/home/websites/(A|B)">
> To my knowledge, this should match /home/websites/A or /home/websites/B .
> Instead, Apache matches everything in /home/websites and blocks access 
> to C and D as well.
> Strange, since a very similar regexp is shown in the apache 1.3 
> documentation:
> I also tried using (A|B)/? and several ways of matching the start and 
> end of the string using ^ and $ , but to no effect.
> In an attempt to isolate the problem, I tried something else:
> <Directory ~ "(/home/websites/A|/home/websites/B)">
> But strangely, this DOES match A but NOT B, so now I'm confused.
> I've checked the path and I'm sure there are no mistakes there.
> If I'm not using a regexp, eg. <Directory "/home/websites/A"> (or B), 
> everything works like it should, so my guess would be that the 
> contents of the directory-directive are right, only the regexp is the 
> problem.
> What am I missing here?
> Thanks in advance,
> Martijn.
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