Why can't I disable .htaccess in Apache?



This is the opposite problem from most about which I have read. I am running Ubuntu 8.04 on an Amazon instance with Apache 2.2.8 and I can’t figure out why setting AllowOverride to None for root doesn’t stop my .htaccess file from being included.

I have a sub-directory with hello.py in it and an .htaccess file. When I browse to the file, it works fine with modpython serving the file. If I put some garbage in .htaccess I get a server error, so I know the .htaccess file is being used. Also if I delete the .htaccess file, hello.py is no longer server by modpython – instead the browser tries to open it.

In one of my sites-available (linked in sites-enabled), I have “AllowOverride None” for the root directory. I thought that this would prevent .htaccess from being included from root and all its sub-directories which should cause hello.py to not be served by mod_python. However, it continues to be served fine and I can test that .htaccess is still being included because when I modify it, I see the results in my browser.

Maybe there is something I am not understanding about my file in sites-enabled. This is the file I am using:

NameVirtualHost *:8080 
<VirtualHost *:8080>
<Directory />
AllowOverride None

Thanks for any help.


The reason the file is not served via mod_python when you delete .htaccess is because the setup for mod_python is located in it. If you move that stuff to your sites-available file, you can delete .htaccess, turn a blind eye to the problem, and call it a day.

If that doesn’t satisfy you, then as to why .htacess is being read at all, I can’t say. You are correct that AllowOverride None should prevent the file from ever being read. Have you considered the possibility that you screwed something up when adding the virtual site? Try throwing some garbage into the config and see if it complains, just to be sure it’s being read at all.

Answered By – Pesto

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