[CentOS-docs] document proposal: TipsAndTricks/ApacheVHostDir

Sat Aug 22 19:29:56 UTC 2009
Ed Heron <Ed at Heron-ent.com>

>>> On Fri, Aug 21, 2009 at 3:41 PM, Ed Heron<Ed at heron-ent.com> wrote:
>>>> ...
>>>> I've written a quick little article detailing how to create a vhost
>>>> directory under CentOS.
>>>> ...

>> From: "Brian Mathis", Friday, August 21, 2009 1:52 PM
>> I always figured that the "CentOS way" to handle that was to put them
>> into the conf.d folder.  Is there an advantage to using this method?
>> One thing I can think of is that the conf.d is included in the middle
>> of the httpd.conf file, while this would be at the bottom.

> On 08/22/2009 12:12 AM, Ed Heron wrote:
>>   That is exactly my reasoning.  The config file, as distributed, has the
>> virtual host containers at the end of the file.

From: "Manuel Wolfshant", Friday, August 21, 2009 3:31 PM
> No, the config file as distributed has - just like the original apache
> config - an example at the end of it.

I do understand that there is already a config file directory.  However, the 
example virtual host is at the end of the the distributed Apache config 
file.  From that positioning, I conclude that it is recommended to have the 
virtual host stuff at the end, rather than the middle.  The existing include 
is in the middle, therefore, (I'm concluding that) it is not recommended. 
conf.d appears to be for module config files.

I don't know if the virtual host only inherits configuration directives that 
are defined before it is.  If that is the case, any configuration items 
after the conf.d include would not apply to the virtual hosts (though this 
is easy to test).  Even if that is not the case, it still seems that putting 
virtual host files in conf.d is improper.

Putting virtual host files in conf.d may work but appears to be a shortcut. 
While nobody would suggest you can't take a shortcut, if it works for you, 
there should be an official method.  To me, moving virtual hosts out of the 
main config file requires a separate directory.

It may be my 'heritage' but separate directories is how it is done in