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I've been researching what I'm sure is a very simple task. Coming from .htaccess to lighttpd.conf, I'm sure I am still missing some important concepts.

I am using lighttpd for a number of virtual hosts, and I would like to set some specific settings for some of the websites. Also, I would want to set folder specific settings for folders that have a different default page and for protected folders.

I guess my main questions is: How are separate website/folder configurations possible with lighttpd?

Thanks!

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Not quite sure what you need to accomplish but there are ways to get it done. It will need to be included in your main configuration and a server restart is required to load any modifications as DerfK mentioned.

But it is possible to do the things that you want using some clever regular expressions and/or using lua scripts with mod_magnet.

If you need to limit access to certain protected folders, you can use mod_auth and/or mod_access instead.

However, something like .htaccess files in each folder, will not work very well for lighty.

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For now, just basic things like a custom default page for that folder, and I will look into the mod_access/mod_auth. Those are still run from the main lighttpd.conf though, huh? –  Jonathan Kratzke Dec 9 '10 at 18:58
    
everything runs from the main config. you should be able to specify custom default pages if you wrap them around individual host settings. –  sybreon Dec 10 '10 at 0:23
    
But I would have to specify them in the main config file and restart the server, correct? Where can I find directions on how to wrap site specific settings in the main config? –  Jonathan Kratzke Dec 10 '10 at 16:35
    
Yes, correct. Refer to the lighttpd wiki. There are examples for doing all kinds of things. –  sybreon Dec 11 '10 at 3:23
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The official answer is no.

The unofficial answer is that there are hacks that look for lighttpd configuration snippits throughout the web tree and use lighttpd's include_shell statement to run a command when the server starts that finds them all and adds them to the main configuration, but 1) they're attached to the main configuration so a malicious user can mess with the main configuration and 2) they're only read when the server starts, changing one requires restarting the server.

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