Bug 49990 - Feature request: implement ExpiresActive reset
Summary: Feature request: implement ExpiresActive reset
Alias: None
Product: Apache httpd-2
Classification: Unclassified
Component: mod_expires (show other bugs)
Version: 2.0.54
Hardware: PC Linux
: P2 normal (vote)
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Apache HTTPD Bugs Mailing List
Keywords: MassUpdate
Depends on:
Reported: 2010-09-23 12:57 UTC by Francis Galiegue
Modified: 2018-11-07 21:09 UTC (History)
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Description Francis Galiegue 2010-09-23 12:57:31 UTC
In a virtual host definition, I have the following:

ExpiresActive On

ExpiresDefault "now"
ExpiresByType application/x-javascript "access plus 1 month"

<Location "/cockpit/d">
    ExpiresDefault "now"

The problem here is that the ExpiresByType directive has "sneaked" into the the <Location> section. The documentation says: "It overrides, for the specified MIME type only, any expiration date set by the ExpiresDefault  directive.". However, it doesn't explicitly state that this override occurs _in all contexts_ (Location, Directory).

This can be particularly painful by times, if we want to use mod_expires in quite complex Web applications where the expiration policy for the same MIME types can differ depending on the location (here, /js/t.js wants to be cached, but /cockpit/d/t.js doesn't). And in fact, I believed that specifying ExpiresDefault in a Location section would override all previous ExpiresDefault and ExpiresByType - it only overrides ExpiresDefault, though.

So, there are two ways of modifying the behaviour:

* either ExpiresDefault, when define inside a "subsection", _does_ override ExpiresByType as well;
* or implement an ExpiresActive reset, which could allow one to write:

<Location "/cockpit/d">
    ExpiresActive reset
    ExpiresDefault "now"

with the following behavior:
  - if no ExpiresDefault or ExpiresByType exist in the subsection, obey the already existing ExpiresDefault and ExpiresByType directives;
  - if ExpiresDefault is present, obsoletes existing ExpiresByType directives (along with overriding any existing ExpiresDefault directive as it does currently).
Comment 1 William A. Rowe Jr. 2018-11-07 21:09:57 UTC
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