Bug 46743 - Inconsistent behavior of "RewriteOptions inherit" in htaccess file
Summary: Inconsistent behavior of "RewriteOptions inherit" in htaccess file
Alias: None
Product: Apache httpd-2
Classification: Unclassified
Component: mod_rewrite (show other bugs)
Version: 2.2.11
Hardware: PC Linux
: P2 normal with 3 votes (vote)
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Apache HTTPD Bugs Mailing List
Keywords: MassUpdate
Depends on:
Reported: 2009-02-19 21:19 UTC by Matt McCutchen
Modified: 2018-11-07 21:10 UTC (History)
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Description Matt McCutchen 2009-02-19 21:19:56 UTC
Originally posted at:

The behavior of "RewriteOptions inherit" in a subdirectory's htaccess file differs in two places from what I would expect.  The documentation does not address these issues, but I would argue that my expectations are more reasonable than the current behavior because they are consistent with the behavior if the subdirectory has no mod_rewrite configuration at all.

1. Inherited rules are interpreted with respect to the subdirectory (meaning that the subdirectory's per-dir prefix is stripped and RewriteBase is added).  I would expect each rule to always be interpreted with respect to the directory that defined it, so that the meaning of a "^" anchor in a rule pattern is consistent.  (The original post includes a demonstration.)

2. If a directory is requested without a trailing slash, rewriting is completely skipped.  It makes sense to skip the directory's own rules to avoid bug 20195, but I think inherited rules should still run.  Otherwise, there's no way to rewrite the request short of moving the entire mod_rewrite configuration to the parent htaccess file.
Comment 1 William A. Rowe Jr. 2018-11-07 21:10:00 UTC
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