Is it possible to change the value of MaxRequestLen without root access to my Apache 1and1.co.uk dedicated server (managed version)? I was hoping to be able to change the value via .htaccess? Does anyone know if this is possible?

I investigated if the value could be changed via a php.ini file but MaxRequestLen is server configuration rather than a PHP variable.

Please note plain CGI is enabled on the server (the server has no Fast CGI).


<IfModule mod_fcgid.c>
MaxRequestLen 31457280

Would something like this work in .htaccess?

  • What is it now? What do you think it should be? – mdpc May 1 '14 at 0:55
  • I've actually asked 1and1 for the value they're using 2 times now and both times support haven't answered the question. I believe it's now 131072 bytes because that is the default since Apache 2.3.6. The default used to be 1GB! – henrywright May 1 '14 at 1:00
  • So isn't this an issue that has to be directed to those at 1and1? – mdpc May 1 '14 at 1:02
  • I wished 1and1 would help. They've refused to increase the value. That's why I'm hoping I can do it myself via .htaccess – henrywright May 1 '14 at 1:04

The upgrade from apache 2.2 to apache 2.4 changed the directive from MaxRequestLen to FcgidMaxRequestLen. As you can see from the linked documentation, the FcgidMaxRequestLen directive is only usable in the Server Config and Virtual Host contexts.

So to answer your question, No you can't make this change in the .htaccess.

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