Apache httpd.conf file sections. How is this file divided into sections?

Posted on 2014-12-05
Last Modified: 2014-12-16
How is the httpd.conf file broken up?

By looking at examples, I cannot tell where in an httpd.conf file one section starts and another starts.  I understand that the global section is different from other sections.  The global section can be the place to have some settings.  I believe there are distinct sections.  Are these sections discrete and marked in the file?

Is a container merely everything from the beginning of a word in <> to its closing tag?  Would this be a container?
<Directory>  various info </Directory>

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Is a directive an assignment?  Do Apache directives in httpd.conf files go into containers necessarily?
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This page describes the 'httpd.conf' file.  "httpd configuration files contain one directive per line."  Apache calls things like <Directory>  various info </Directory> sections.  And there are a lot of thing that do not go in sections like that but are individual directives that apply to the whole server or just some special function.

Apache can be a little complicated.  It would help to read through that page and then some of the links there for more info.

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by:Phil Davidson
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What is a container in the context of httpd.conf files?
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Never heard of that.  Where did you see that?
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Never saw that page before.  But I think you just answered your own question.

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I found a link that had the correct info.

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