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From "Robinson Craig" <>
Subject [users@httpd] How apache deals with file extensions
Date Mon, 04 Aug 2008 03:30:51 GMT
Hi Folks,

The following question is simply to help me understand how apache is
doing something.

The scenario is:

In our docroot, there is a file as such:


If someone types the following url into a browser: (**i.e. no .html extension)

Then Apache can locate the page and successfully logs the entry like
(note the 302 status): - - [30/Jul/2008:09:59:01 +1000] "GET /wrp/mary
HTTP/1.1" 302 218 "-" "Mozilla/5.0 ......etc

This seems to also be the case for PDF's (.pdf) and PHP (.php) files.

This is the question(s):

As there is no extension, how can apache know what mimetype the file is
and successfully respond?? Does it try all sorts of common extensions
until it gets a response?

Also, is there a configuration item to tweak so that unless the full
(and correct) url is entered (like ../mary.html), it would return a 404
Cheers, Craig

Craig Robinson
System Administrator , Web Services
Telephone: 07 3224 8877  Facsimile: 07 3227 4521  

Department of Natural Resources and Water
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