| 7:22 am on May 28, 2003 (gmt 0)|
It specifies whether or not apache should follow a simbolic link while looking for a file.
For example, if you have a file
which is a link to
Then apache will only retrieve the realfile.html if you have that option enabled.
| 7:29 pm on May 28, 2003 (gmt 0)|
I have not setup any symbolic links myself, does this mean I do not need the command in my htaccess? Thanks
| 7:44 pm on May 28, 2003 (gmt 0)|
A search at google for symbolic links returned some reading material.
This might best provide its use:
BTW, I get along just fine without using it.
| 6:25 am on May 29, 2003 (gmt 0)|
In some (or all?) server configurations, mod_rewrite requires FollowSymLinks to be enabled, or it will crater with a 500-Server Error.
If your mod_rewrite code works without the Options +FollowSymLinks directive, that means that your server configuration file has enabled them already, and you won't need that directive in your .htaccess files.
I try to remember to include it in posts here anyway, just so someone asking mod_rewrite questions won't have a problem, and either give up, or have to post again.
| 8:17 am on May 29, 2003 (gmt 0)|
That clears it up! Thanks all.
| 1:45 am on Jun 3, 2003 (gmt 0)|
i wonder if this followsymlinks is OS dependant... *nix stuff has the ability of having a link whereas DOS and win based stuff looks at a (cross)link as being a bad thing...
| 2:08 am on Jun 3, 2003 (gmt 0)|
I believe you would call it a "Shortcut" in Windoze-based environment.
The requirement for enabling FollowSymLinks is not well-defined. The only way I learned about it was because I got a 500-Server Error the first time I ever enabled mod_rewrite, and the error log entry said something to the effect of, "You must enable SymLinks for this to work."
I include it in posts mostly so I don't forget to warn that it may be required...