Re: Problems with httpd

Tim Berners-Lee <>
Date: Thu, 6 May 93 16:02:43 +0100
From: Tim Berners-Lee <>
Message-id: <>
Subject: Re: Problems with httpd

Sorry, you can't operate with no rules at all now.
Operation is defined by the first in priority of:

1.	-r <file> option, where <file> exists.

2.	a directory name on the command line, in which
	case a default rule file is assumed which just maps
	everything into that directory

3.	A rule file httpd.conf if that exists

4.	If no rule file exists and no directory name,
	a default rule file will be assumed which exports
	the directory /Public as in (2).

Operation without a rule file does not work as the path
sent is not a complete url, and the rule file must map
to a URL starting with file: .

I have fixed the online documentation to reflect that
the -R option should not be used.  (It was a
security hole anyway, as was documented!)