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  • #5787

    Young Master
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    By default all .htaccess files in my website looks like the example below.

    <FilesMatch "^(wp-config\.php|php\.ini|php5\.ini|readme\.html|bb-config\.php)">
    Order allow,deny
    Deny from all
    #Allow from 88.77.66.55

    But if I use broswer compression to speed up site using any of the catching plugins my .htaccess code becomes like the example below:

    <FilesMatch "^(wp-config\.php|php\.ini|php5\.ini|readme\.html|bb-config\.php)">
    
    Order allow,deny
    
    Deny from all
    
    #Allow from 88.77.66.55
    
    </FilesMatch>

    As you can see above its like browser compression is creating white space between htaccess rules. Is this a normal thing? Will those rules in the htacces file going to work just fine even if they are separated by the whitespace like the above example?

    #5793

    AITpro Admin
    Keymaster

    How are you viewing the htaccess file?  In your Browser using an URL to the .htaccess file or with the BPS Pro .htaccess file editor? Newline/line break whitespace will work without making htaccess code invalid.  Whitespace in the actual code strings would make the htaccess code invalid.

    Examples:

    Valid: <FilesMatch "^(wp-config\.php|php\.ini|php5\.ini|readme\.html|bb-config\.php)">
    
    Invalid: <FilesMatch          "^(wp-config\.php|php\.ini|php5\.ini|readme\.html|bb-config\.php)">
    #5796

    Young Master
    Participant

    The white space am seeing is new line/break white space and not white space in the actual code string. Am viewing the file via text editor.

    #5797

    AITpro Admin
    Keymaster

    So you have downloaded the .htaccess file to your computer and are viewing it with a text editor?  .htaccess files should only be opened and edited with either Notepad or Notepad++.  All other text editors will corrupt the .htaccess file format.

    #5799

    AITpro Admin
    Keymaster

    You can get Notepad++ here.

    http://notepad-plus-plus.org/

    #5832

    Young Master
    Participant

    I always use Notepad++

    #5833

    AITpro Admin
    Keymaster

    Well I am not sure why a caching plugin would be trying to cache an .htaccess file so if it is doing this then exclude the .htaccess file from being cached.  And the same would apply for any other compression or caching methods.

    #5835

    Young Master
    Participant

    well am not using any caching plugin at the moment. am only using the following codes to speedup my site and they give me wonderful results.

    # BEGIN Browser Cache
    <IfModule mod_mime.c>
    AddType text/css .css
    AddType text/x-component .htc
    AddType application/x-javascript .js
    AddType application/javascript .js2
    AddType text/javascript .js3
    AddType text/x-js .js4
    AddType text/html .html .htm
    AddType text/richtext .rtf .rtx
    AddType image/svg+xml .svg .svgz
    AddType text/plain .txt
    AddType text/xsd .xsd
    AddType text/xsl .xsl
    AddType text/xml .xml
    AddType video/asf .asf .asx .wax .wmv .wmx
    AddType video/avi .avi
    AddType image/bmp .bmp
    AddType application/java .class
    AddType video/divx .divx
    AddType application/msword .doc .docx
    AddType application/vnd.ms-fontobject .eot
    AddType application/x-msdownload .exe
    AddType image/gif .gif
    AddType application/x-gzip .gz .gzip
    AddType image/x-icon .ico
    AddType image/jpeg .jpg .jpeg .jpe
    AddType application/json .json
    AddType application/vnd.ms-access .mdb
    AddType audio/midi .mid .midi
    AddType video/quicktime .mov .qt
    AddType audio/mpeg .mp3 .m4a
    AddType video/mp4 .mp4 .m4v
    AddType video/mpeg .mpeg .mpg .mpe
    AddType application/vnd.ms-project .mpp
    AddType application/x-font-otf .otf
    AddType application/vnd.oasis.opendocument.database .odb
    AddType application/vnd.oasis.opendocument.chart .odc
    AddType application/vnd.oasis.opendocument.formula .odf
    AddType application/vnd.oasis.opendocument.graphics .odg
    AddType application/vnd.oasis.opendocument.presentation .odp
    AddType application/vnd.oasis.opendocument.spreadsheet .ods
    AddType application/vnd.oasis.opendocument.text .odt
    AddType audio/ogg .ogg
    AddType application/pdf .pdf
    AddType image/png .png
    AddType application/vnd.ms-powerpoint .pot .pps .ppt .pptx
    AddType audio/x-realaudio .ra .ram
    AddType application/x-shockwave-flash .swf
    AddType application/x-tar .tar
    AddType image/tiff .tif .tiff
    AddType application/x-font-ttf .ttf .ttc
    AddType audio/wav .wav
    AddType audio/wma .wma
    AddType application/vnd.ms-write .wri
    AddType application/vnd.ms-excel .xla .xls .xlsx .xlt .xlw
    AddType application/zip .zip
    </IfModule>
    <IfModule mod_expires.c>
    ExpiresActive On
    ExpiresByType text/css A31536000
    ExpiresByType text/x-component A31536000
    ExpiresByType application/x-javascript A31536000
    ExpiresByType application/javascript A31536000
    ExpiresByType text/javascript A31536000
    ExpiresByType text/x-js A31536000
    ExpiresByType text/html A3600
    ExpiresByType text/richtext A3600
    ExpiresByType image/svg+xml A3600
    ExpiresByType text/plain A3600
    ExpiresByType text/xsd A3600
    ExpiresByType text/xsl A3600
    ExpiresByType text/xml A3600
    ExpiresByType video/asf A31536000
    ExpiresByType video/avi A31536000
    ExpiresByType image/bmp A31536000
    ExpiresByType application/java A31536000
    ExpiresByType video/divx A31536000
    ExpiresByType application/msword A31536000
    ExpiresByType application/vnd.ms-fontobject A31536000
    ExpiresByType application/x-msdownload A31536000
    ExpiresByType image/gif A31536000
    ExpiresByType application/x-gzip A31536000
    ExpiresByType image/x-icon A31536000
    ExpiresByType image/jpeg A31536000
    ExpiresByType application/json A31536000
    ExpiresByType application/vnd.ms-access A31536000
    ExpiresByType audio/midi A31536000
    ExpiresByType video/quicktime A31536000
    ExpiresByType audio/mpeg A31536000
    ExpiresByType video/mp4 A31536000
    ExpiresByType video/mpeg A31536000
    ExpiresByType application/vnd.ms-project A31536000
    ExpiresByType application/x-font-otf A31536000
    ExpiresByType application/vnd.oasis.opendocument.database A31536000
    ExpiresByType application/vnd.oasis.opendocument.chart A31536000
    ExpiresByType application/vnd.oasis.opendocument.formula A31536000
    ExpiresByType application/vnd.oasis.opendocument.graphics A31536000
    ExpiresByType application/vnd.oasis.opendocument.presentation A31536000
    ExpiresByType application/vnd.oasis.opendocument.spreadsheet A31536000
    ExpiresByType application/vnd.oasis.opendocument.text A31536000
    ExpiresByType audio/ogg A31536000
    ExpiresByType application/pdf A31536000
    ExpiresByType image/png A31536000
    ExpiresByType application/vnd.ms-powerpoint A31536000
    ExpiresByType audio/x-realaudio A31536000
    ExpiresByType image/svg+xml A31536000
    ExpiresByType application/x-shockwave-flash A31536000
    ExpiresByType application/x-tar A31536000
    ExpiresByType image/tiff A31536000
    ExpiresByType application/x-font-ttf A31536000
    ExpiresByType audio/wav A31536000
    ExpiresByType audio/wma A31536000
    ExpiresByType application/vnd.ms-write A31536000
    ExpiresByType application/vnd.ms-excel A31536000
    ExpiresByType application/zip A31536000
    </IfModule>
    <IfModule mod_deflate.c>
    <IfModule mod_headers.c>
    Header append Vary User-Agent env=!dont-vary
    </IfModule>
    AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE text/css text/x-component application/x-javascript application/javascript text/javascript text/x-js text/html text/richtext image/svg+xml text/plain text/xsd text/xsl text/xml image/x-icon application/json
    <IfModule mod_mime.c>
    # DEFLATE by extension
    AddOutputFilter DEFLATE js css htm html xml
    </IfModule>
    </IfModule>
    <FilesMatch "\.(css|htc|js|js2|js3|js4|CSS|HTC|JS|JS2|JS3|JS4)$">
    <IfModule mod_headers.c>
    Header set Pragma "public"
    Header append Cache-Control "public"
    </IfModule>
    </FilesMatch>
    <FilesMatch "\.(html|htm|rtf|rtx|svg|svgz|txt|xsd|xsl|xml|HTML|HTM|RTF|RTX|SVG|SVGZ|TXT|XSD|XSL|XML)$">
    <IfModule mod_headers.c>
    Header set Pragma "public"
    Header append Cache-Control "public"
    </IfModule>
    </FilesMatch>
    <FilesMatch "\.(asf|asx|wax|wmv|wmx|avi|bmp|class|divx|doc|docx|eot|exe|gif|gz|gzip|ico|jpg|jpeg|jpe|json|mdb|mid|midi|mov|qt|mp3|m4a|mp4|m4v|mpeg|mpg|mpe|mpp|otf|odb|odc|odf|odg|odp|ods|odt|ogg|pdf|png|pot|pps|ppt|pptx|ra|ram|svg|svgz|swf|tar|tif|tiff|ttf|ttc|wav|wma|wri|xla|xls|xlsx|xlt|xlw|zip|ASF|ASX|WAX|WMV|WMX|AVI|BMP|CLASS|DIVX|DOC|DOCX|EOT|EXE|GIF|GZ|GZIP|ICO|JPG|JPEG|JPE|JSON|MDB|MID|MIDI|MOV|QT|MP3|M4A|MP4|M4V|MPEG|MPG|MPE|MPP|OTF|ODB|ODC|ODF|ODG|ODP|ODS|ODT|OGG|PDF|PNG|POT|PPS|PPT|PPTX|RA|RAM|SVG|SVGZ|SWF|TAR|TIF|TIFF|TTF|TTC|WAV|WMA|WRI|XLA|XLS|XLSX|XLT|XLW|ZIP)$">
    <IfModule mod_headers.c>
    Header set Pragma "public"
    Header append Cache-Control "public"
    </IfModule>
    </FilesMatch>
    # END Browser Cache
    #5836

    AITpro Admin
    Keymaster

    The code looks good so I have no idea why you are getting extra line breaks/new lines.

    #5837

    Young Master
    Participant

    Me neither. If I dont use any catching plugin or the above codes I dont get any extra line breaks in my htaccess file. You cannot see that in the BPS Core edit/download code. I can only see those line breaks only if I download the htaccess file and view it via text editor.

    #5845

    AITpro Admin
    Keymaster

    Try this.  Copy the contents of any of your .htaccess files from the BPS Pro .htaccess editing window and paste it into a Notepad text file.

    #5863

    Young Master
    Participant

    If do that I dont get linebreaks in .htaccess files because BPS Pro .htaccess editing windows doesnt show that there is any line breaks in my .htaccess file. I can only see those line breaks only if I download the htaccess file and view it via text editor.

    #5864

    AITpro Admin
    Keymaster

    Yes, I know that, but I wanted you to see that.  The point of doing this was to demonstrate that this issue happens during/after the download process.  The .htaccess file is perfectly fine.  This same type of problem occurs if you are using a php/php.ini handler that is not correct for your Server configuration.  The code in all files has new lines/line breaks added to every single line of code.

    #5866

    Young Master
    Participant

    Oh! Ok.

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