$ ls -l .htaccess
lrwxrwxrwx 1 suseika suseika 74 Oct  1 03:35 .htaccess -> /home/suseika/some/path/to/the/actual/.htaccess

Apache just ignores such .htaccess. If I create a file instead of a symbolic link, it works properly. Can I configure Apache 2.4 to use that symlinked .htaccess?

  • Does the user that apache is running as have access to that file, including the ability to traverse that path?
    – 84104
    Sep 30, 2016 at 23:42

2 Answers 2


You need to enable the following of symlinks with the Options directive

  • It is already enabled
    – jojman
    Sep 30, 2016 at 23:48

The problem I had doesn't have anything to do with apache config. I run apache in a Docker container, and the symbolic link pointed to a file that is not available in that container.

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