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I have a LAMP server. When user goes to the url http://mysite.com/helloworld, apache automatically decides to render helloworld.php instead of giving a 404 not found error. I don't see any .htaccess file causing the rewrites. I don't see any rewrite rules in the virtual host files. How do I disable this automatic detection of a .php file and provide 404 error instead?

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What you are seeing is the result of content negotiation. If you haven't, make sure that Multiviews is disabled.

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