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From Chris Johnson <>
Subject [users@httpd] configuration conundrum.
Date Mon, 04 Dec 2006 16:49:38 GMT

      Right to it then.

      Using httpd-2.0.52-28 on CentOS4.3.

      Trying to redefine MIMEMagicFile with a file in the conf.d/
directory.  Now, I thought those files were read after the config in
conf/.  I've redefined other parameters in this way.  I put a redefine
of MIMEMagicFile in a file ending in .conf in conf.d/.  I know it
gets read because other things work.  In this case MIMEMagicFile did
not get redefined.  I know this because the mime types defined in the
new file didn't work.

     If I completely comment out the definition of MIMEMagicFile in
conf/httpd.conf and only define it in the secondary file in conf.d/ then
it works.

      One other thing, the define is in a conditional as follows.

# Magic file type hint file override
<IfModule mod_mime_magic.c>
    MIMEMagicFile /usr/share/magic.mime
#    MIMEMagicFile conf/magic

This is basically the one in httpd/conf/httpd.conf with the
MIMEMagicFile comments swapped.  So it reads the main one in http/conf, 
and as I understand it then should read and do the secondary one in
httpd/conf.d.  Doesn't seem to be working.  Obviously the goal here is
not to muck about with the primary config file which is what con.d is
for I think.

      So when I just redefine MIMEMagicFile from the secondary file in
conf.d it just acts like this is being ignored.

      Any suggestions?  What am I doing wrong?  Help appreciated.
Thank you.

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---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Fri, 1 Dec 2006 13:15:24 -0500 (EST)
From: Chris Johnson <>
To: Paul Raines <>
Cc: Sam Mehl <>,
     Chris Johnson <>
Subject: Re: FW: R01

On Fri, 1 Dec 2006, Chris Johnson wrote:

      So here's a conundrum.  I put conf/httpd.conf back the way it was
before Paul's change and copied that segment of the config to
conf.d/x_martinos.conf.  Sam then tried the files that had been
failing, they failed again.  I put it back the way Paul had it, and it
worked.  There was some cache dumping in there on Sam's firefox.  So I
completely commented out the magic segment in conf/httpd.conf and just
left it only in conf.d/x_martinos.conf.  Sam cleared his cahe again
and tried again and now it works.  Almost seems like the magic file
directive didn't get overriden which, as far as I understand from the
docs, it should have.

       I think this one needs to be taken up with the apache
development team.

      As I understand it, the config in conf gets read first and conf.d
second which should allow those second configs to override the first.
Was that your undrstanding Paul?

> On Thu, 30 Nov 2006, Paul Raines wrote:
>>>     So the only change, given that the mime files in these areas give
>>> no diff out put is to point to them, yes?  Do you really want to do
>>> that in /etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf or do you want MIMEMagicFile
>>> overriden in a /etc/httpd/conf.d file?  They all have x_martinos.conf
>>> files.
>> If the override works, that would be better so do that.
>     Well, conf is read first and conf.d second.  That's why it's there.
> But we'll check it too.
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