[thelist] Setting up Apache on Mac OS X 10.5.2

Jeffrey Barke jeffrey.barke at themechanism.com
Fri May 9 16:12:16 CDT 2008

I spent the day setting up Apache, PHP 5, and MySQL 5 on my Mac for  
the first time. Everything went well save for one thing: getting  
Apache to see .htaccess files.

Now, I figured this would be easy to do, since there are a ton of blog  
posts and threads on it (including one by PPK on thelist), however it  
doesn't work and I've spent the last two hours on what (it seems to  
me) should be a two minute problem.

System: Mac OS X 10.5.2
The httpd.conf is located in /etc/apache2/

The .htaccess file will be in /Library/WebServer/Documents/sites/, so / 
etc/apache2/users/ *.conf shouldn't be a problem.

Here's what I have:
DocumentRoot "/Library/WebServer/Documents/sites"
# First, we configure the "default" to be a very restrictive set of
# features.
<Directory />
     Options FollowSymLinks
     AllowOverride All
     Order deny,allow
     Deny from all
<Directory "/Library/WebServer/Documents/sites">
       Options All
       AllowOverride All
       Order allow,deny
     Allow from all

Any ideas why this doesn't work?


Jeffrey Barke
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