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Where I work (a webdev company) we have a testing server with a peculiar setup. Which is that requesting

will automatically send you to the files located at


on that server. Just creating a new dir in the homedir is enough. No need to edit Apache config or even reboot it. This is very convenient for developing. You just have to check a project out from SVN and you're good to go (most of the time).

I was wondering, how is this done?

Also, if at all possible, I'd like it so that I can override the webroot by editing a file in the app's dir (/home/myusername/foo in this case), for example setting it to


But I don't know how flexible Apache config is in this regard.

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