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Re: question from a new user: open search result links to local files

From: Michael Erdmann <michael_erdmann(at)>
Date: Sat Jan 27 2007 - 19:42:18 GMT
Yes and no :-). The files are available on the webserver because they 
are on the same machine, but most of the results are not available via 
http:// or file:// protocol.

The location of my webservers docroot is C:\Programme\xampp\htdocs, the 
swish-cgi is located in C:\Programme\xampp\cgi-bin.
The search results are from the whole drive C:\. At the moment I can 
only open search results in C:\Programme\xampp\htdocs by clicking the link,
but I can not open results like c:\temp\test.doc with a click on the 
swishdocpath-link. If I use a replace rule to change the link to 
I also can not open the document, because this document is outside of 
the webservers document root. This is imo the normal behavior of a 

If I want to open files from outside the document root I found a 
I made the following modifications in the apache http.conf file:

Alias /localC "C:/"
<Directory "C:/">
Options FollowSymLinks
Order allow,deny
Allow from all

Now the whole drive C is available for the webserver via http (this is 
imo a security problem) and with ┬┤ReplaceRules replace "c:/" "/localC"┬┤ 
in my swish.conf
I can open the search result by clicking the modified swishdocpath-link 
http://localhost/localC/temp/test.doc. So far so good - the problem is 
solved, but now I wanted
to know if there is a better solution for my problem.


Bill Moseley schrieb:
> On Wed, Jan 24, 2007 at 03:12:18PM -0800, Michael Erdmann wrote:
>> The problem is I can not open results on my local hard-drives by 
>> clicking the link_property-link (swishdocpath) (for example 
>> file:///C:/somedirectory/somefile.pdf), because the result documents are 
>> outside of the apache documentroot. Copy the link and open it direct in 
>> the webbrowser works - that means, the link is ok. Opening a document 
>> from a web-location works with the prepend_path parameter.
> The files are available on the web server?  Check out ReplaceRules.
Received on Sat Jan 27 11:42:36 2007