Brad Fitzpatrick (brad) wrote,
Brad Fitzpatrick

Apache configuration challenge/question

Dear Lazyweb,

Anybody know Apache well enough to help with this? I'll have to skip the background and rationale for now, but basically I need:

#1: Some backend HTTP server serving static files:
-- Apache 1.3, whatever.
-- notable, these include HTML files including SSI <--#include virtual="..." --> tags w/ relative paths
-- but this server doesn't do SSI expansion
-- don't need help with this part.

#2: Apache 2.x front-end that does:
-- mod_rewrite external "prg:" program map to map path to full URL of server #1, above
-- result of that prg: map goes to [P] (to mod_proxy)
-- SSI expansion of the result, using, say, "SetOutputFilter INCLUDES"
-- those virtual includes then need to start back over at mod_rewrite/map/proxy/SSI.

So far I have two solution, neither of which totally work. The basic one which got me hopeful was:

ProxyPass /
ProxyPassReverse /
Order deny,allow
Allow from all
SetOutputFilter INCLUDES

That properly does the SSI expansion, and fetches the virtual includes as well from the remote proxy server.

So I thought: Just add the rewrite map!

So I removed the ProxyPass/ProxyPassReverse lines and added:

RewriteEngine on
RewriteMap extmap prg:/var/www/
RewriteRule ^(.*) ${extmap:$1} [P]

Where is:

$| = 1;
while (my $in = <STDIN>) {
    chomp $in;
    $in .= "l" if $in =~ /\.htm$/;
    print "$in\n";

But that only half-works. If I then hit /index.htm, mod_rewrite changes it to and expands the static SSI tags (like inserting current date, etc) but the #include tags aren't sent back through mod_rewrite, or at least not the map.... (yes, I have RewriteLogLevel 5). Instead, Apache is looking for the included files locally, in /var/www (the base directory which is actually empty, except for my map function).

So basically I can get proxying working (with virtual includes), or external map working, but not both.

I've tried various combinations of [P,PT], [P,N], etc (the mod_rewrite flags for control flow) but I'm running out of ideas.

Any winners get the only prizes I can give out easily: LJ paid/perm accounts. :-) (although this isn't for LJ at all.....)

Tags: apache, lazyweb, tech
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