SUMMARY: Automounter Warnings

From: Mark A. Baldwin (
Date: Thu Sep 03 1998 - 07:48:45 CDT

Most people correctly pointed out that there is a web server running on
this machine (Apache in this case). Moreover, the problem stems from
that fact that unless told otherwise Apache will look in every directory
in the /path/to/htdocs for a .htaccess file. Since I do use wildcards
in my auto.home map _and_ the htdocs is located in /home _and_ Apache is
poorly configured, Apache was causing the automounter to try to mount
/home/.htaccess. The fix is to properly configure Apache with
directives like the following:

<Directory />
Options None
AllowOverride None

<Directory /path/to/htdocs>
Options whateveryoulike
AllowOverride All

A special thanks to Thomas Anders for the above Apache directives. Also
thanks to Bill Hathaway, Patrick Nolan, Ariane Mather, and V.Q. Hoang
who really hit the nail on the head with this one.

The following people also provided excellent advice and suggestions:

Kathie Hibbard, Joaquim Humberto Marques Mota, Amol Karnik, Todd
Wilkinson, Aaron Lineberger, Bob Jackiewicz, John Keeton, Frank Smith,
Juergen Rothenanger, Jon Anderson, Bruce Cheng, Justin Clift, and Tony

Regards, Mark...

Mark A. Baldwin                         UNIX/Network Administrator
Make Systems, Inc.                      Cary, NC 27511      

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