Is it possible to evaluate .htaccess before proxying requests? (Apache 2.4.9)

Hi all,

is the intended behaviour of ProxyPass(Match)-Directives to ignore
.htaccess files?
And is there any way to change this?

Version used: Apache httpd 2.4.9
Operating System: SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11.3 (x86_64)

PHP is enabled via mod_proxy(_fcgi), but using this configuration-
snippet in vhost-context

<LocationMatch .*\.php$ >
ProxyPass unix:/var/run/php-fpm.sock|fcgi://localhost/

with the following .htaccess-Directive in the DocumentRoot

Require all denied

results in the following situation:

Access to php-files isn't denied - they are served - but non-PHP-ressources
like css- or js-files aren't served ( => strange output).

Same Problem when proxying is realized via ip-adress or rewrites:
RewriteRule (.*\.php)$ fcgi://localhost:9000/$1 [P]

Please Note:
I know I can configure stuff like access control in
<Location(Match)>-context in the
server configuration. And I know .htaccess files have "performance,
security, and
management downsides" (cit. Mark Montague).
The problem: Non-privileged users (~1200) who are only allowed to modify
.htaccess-files for rewrites or access controls. Even if they had access
to their
vhost context the migration effort grows exponentially since
htaccess-files are status

Thanks in advance for your effort.

Kind regards,
Tobias Adolph


Re: Is it possible to evaluate .htaccess before pr

By Eric Covener at 05/16/2014 - 11:47

On Tue, May 13, 2014 at 11:51 AM, Tobias Adolph <Tobias. ... at lrz dot de> wrote:

Yes, proxy directives stop the URL from being mapped to any location
on disk, so no .htaccess in any directory is applicable.

You could try mod_rewrite in directory context.

Re: Is it possible to evaluate .htaccess before pr

By Tobias Adolph at 05/19/2014 - 06:30

Am 16.05.2014 18:47, schrieb Eric Covener:
This configuration worked in our environment, .htaccess-files are evaluated
(thanks a lot to Eric Covener for his suggestion):
<Directory "/path/to/htdocs" >
Rewrite Engine On
RewriteRule ^(.*\.php)$ fcgi://$1 [P]

We hadn't had success with unix domain sockets though
RewriteRule ^(.*\.php)$
unix:/var/run/php-fpm.sock|fcgi://localhost/path/to/htdocs/$1 [P]

This is logged in the error log file:

No protocol handler was valid for the URL /info.php. If you are using a
DSO version
of mod_proxy, make sure the proxy submodules are included in the
using LoadModule.

1) the first RewriteRule above worked but the second didn't
2) and this worked (outside Directory context, of course):

<LocationMatch .*\.php$ >

I assume that there is no issue loading the correct module. Maybe the
between mod_rewrite and mod_proxy using UDS is buggy?

Is there any way to enable Proxying to a fcgi-daemon listening on a unix
domain socket
using RewriteRule?

Thanks for your help!

Kind regards
Tobias Adolph

Re: Is it possible to evaluate .htaccess before pr

By Tobias Adolph at 05/27/2014 - 05:45

Hello everybody,

isn't there any solution?

Am 19.05.2014 13:30, schrieb Tobias Adolph:
Thanks in advance!

Kind regards,
Tobias Adolph

Re: [users@httpd] Is it possible to evaluate .htaccess b

By ryo takatsuki at 06/03/2014 - 02:32


You could try this:

<Proxy "unix:/var/run/php-fpm.sock|fcgi://backend-fpm" timeout=300>

<Directory "/path/to/htdocs" >
Rewrite Engine On
RewriteRule ^(.*\.php)$ fcgi://backend-fpm/%{REQUEST_FILENAME} [P]

Best regards,


2014-05-27 12:45 GMT+02:00 Tobias Adolph <Tobias. ... at lrz dot de>: