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Tuesday March 30, 2004
10:55 AM

Stupid Things To Put In http.conf

[ #18115 ]

(Number 1 in an occasional series)

It's counter-intuitive if a 500 error makes your web server direct to a non-existant domain

ErrorDocument 500 http://foo.example.com/cgi-bin/tester

That had me puzzled for a while. The main page of the site is index.cgi and it kept trying to redirect me to foo.example.com.

I wasted time checking for mod_rewrite rules before simply searching http.conf for a string containing the bogus server address.

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  • >ErrorDocument 500 ttp://foo.example.com/cgi-bin/tester

    pretty common one to do but isn't this commented out by default? meaning someone had to uncomment it?

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    bootload [netspace.net.au], groking softwa
    • In my experience, the commented-out line is

      #ErrorDocument 500 "The server made a boo boo.

      Returning a redirection to another server when an error occurs is bizarre. Have you really seen it in a default configuration, even commented out?

      • It seems to be a part of the default install of OS X Server 10.3, which is what caused me to search for the string "http://foo.example.com/cgi-bin/tester" and end up at this forum in the first place.
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        illovich [illovich.com]