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> <Directory "/Library/WebServer/Documents/sites"> Options All AllowOverride All Order allow,deny Allow from all </Directory> Any ideas why this doesn't work? Thanks, Jeffrey — Jeffrey Barke Senior developer / information architect theMechanism New York 440 9th Avenue 8th Floor New York, NY 10001-1631 e: jeffrey.barke at theMechanism.com w: http://theMechanism.com t: +1 212 404 3150 f: +1 212 404 3228 — theMechanism is a multi-disciplinary design agency with offices in New York, London and Durban, South Africa.