Apache provides two main ways of controlling its behaviour on a
in the server-wide configuration files, and
files in each directory where they’re needed. Each method has its
advantages and its disadvantages; you, as the Webmaster, need to
balance these against each other to decide what mix of the
techniques is best for your environment.
If you do decide to permit the use of
files, be sure to limit them to appropriate areas and improve
your performance by using
elsewhere. This will save unnecessary disk activity.
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About the Author
is a member of the Apache Group and a director and vice
president of the
Apache Software Foundation.
He is also a core member of the
Jikes open-source Java compiler project, a contributor to the
PHP project, the author of
Apache Server for Dummies, a lead author of
Apache Server Unleashed,
and is currently working with Ryan Bloom on a book for Addison-Wesley
tentatively entitled Apache Module Development in C.
He can be reached via email at