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The question is : Can I somehow configure Apache to use alternative directory, or rather to search alternative directory first, and if file is found then to use that one, rather than the original.

Say I have a configuration like this :

/var/www/mysite/images/somefile.jpg

as well as:

/var/www/custom_theme/images/somefile.jpg

Now, the file in second location may or may not be present. If its present I would like that one to be used instead of the one in mysite. Is that possible to do with Apache virtual host configuration (custom_theme folder will vary depending on the domain used to access the site)?

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Assuming /var/www/ is your DocumentRoot, so both the: mysite and the: custom_theme directories are directly and publicly accessible, then you could achieve what you want via a re-write rule e.g.

RewriteEngine On

RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI}                  ^/mysite/images/([^/]+\.jpg)$              
RewriteCond /var/www/custom_theme/images/%1 -f
RewriteRule .*                              /custom_theme/images/%1 [L]
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