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From Bob Ionescu <>
Subject Re: [users@httpd] Semantics of "RewriteOptions inherit" in htaccess files needs improvement
Date Mon, 02 Feb 2009 20:00:57 GMT
2009/2/2 Matt McCutchen <>:
> On Sun, 2009-02-01 at 23:19 +0100, Bob Ionescu wrote:
>> E.g. domain1 points to /var/www, domain2 to /var/www/sub and
>> /var/www/sub/.htaccess inherits (i.e. 1:1 copy) /var/www/.htaccess. A
>> regEx of ^foo$ in /var/www/sub/.htaccess would match against a
> I think you meant /var/www/.htaccess in that line.

Yes, sorry.

>> filename /var/www/foo and against /var/www/sub/foo in
>> /var/www/sub/.htaccess caused by inheriting, which is intended (the
>> per-dir prefix is striped prior matching, of course). The URL-path
>> (which doesn't matter in per-dir context for matching) would be in
>> both cases /foo while the domain is different.
> Really?  I straced Apache 2.2.10 and it only starts processing .htaccess
> files from the document root, so if the document root for domain2
> were /var/www/sub , it would not read /var/www/.htaccess at all to
> inherit any rules defined there.  Is your Apache behaving differently?

May be a matter of AllowOverride? DocumentRoot and the configured path
for <directory> settings are not necessarily the same; if you
configure document root /var/www/sub to have AllowOverride FileInfo
for <Directoty /var/www>, mod_rewrite should process the rules.
But that was just an example.


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