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Anonymous
14 years ago
PS. If you want to use pretty URLs (i.e. hide your .php extensions) AND you have safe-mode=on, the previous example (ForceType) won't work for you.  The problem is that safe-mode forces Apache to honor trailing characters in a requested URL.  This means that:

http://www.example.com/home

would still be processed by the home script in our doc root, but for:

http://www.example.com/home/contact_us.html

apache would actually look for the /home/contact_us.html file in our doc root.

The best solution I've found is to set up a virtual host (which I do for everything, even the default doc root) and override the trailing characters handling within the virtual host.  So, for a virtual host listening on port 8080, the apache directives would look like this:

<VirtualHost *:8080>
    DocumentRoot /web/doc_root
    Alias /home "/web/doc_root/home.php"
    AcceptPathInfo On
</VirtualHost>

Some people might question why we are overriding the trailing characters handling (with the AcceptPathInfo directive) instead of just turning safe-mode=off.  The reason is that safe mode sets global limitations on the entire server, which can then be turned on or left off for each specific virtual host.  This is the equivilent of blocking all connections on a firewall, and then opening up only the ones you want, which is a lot safer than leaving everything open globally, and assuming your programmers will never overlook a possible security hole.

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