Apache::Stage - Manage A Staging Directory


  <Location /STAGE>
    # this location is served by normal apache. It's recommended to
    # restrict access to this location to registered authors of this
    # site, but a restriction isn't necessary
    ErrorDocument 403 /stage-redir
    ErrorDocument 404 /stage-redir

  <Location /stage-redir>
    # the name of this location must match the ErrorDocument redirects
    # above

    # PerlSetVar apache_stage_regex " ^ (/STAGE/[^/]*) (.*) $ "

    # This regex has to split a staged URI into two parts. It is
    # evaluated with the /ox switch in effect, so this will NOT be a
    # per-directory variable. The first part will be thrown away and
    # just the second part will be served if the original URI cannot
    # be accessed. In case of 301 and 302 redirects the first part
    # will be prepended again. The default regex is defined as above
    # which means that URIS will be split into "/STAGE/anyuser" and
    # the rest.

    SetHandler perl-script
    PerlHandler Apache::Stage
    Options ExecCGI



A staging place is a place where an author of an HTML document checks the look and feel of a document before it's uploaded to the final location. A staging place doesn't need to be a separate server, nor need it be a mirror of the "real" tree, and not even a tree of symbolic links. A sparse directory tree that holds nothing but the staged files will do.

Apache::Stage implements a staging directory that needs a minimum of space. Per default the path for the per-user staging directory is hardcoded as


The code cares for proper internal and external redirects for any documents that are not in the stage directory tree. This means that all graphics are displayed as they will be later after the staged files will have been published. The following table describes what has been tested:

 Location              Redirect to       Comment

 /STAGE/u1/            /                 Homepage. Internal Redirect.

 /STAGE/u2/dir1        /dir1/            Really /dir1/index.html

 /STAGE/u3/dir2        /dir2/            Directory has no index.html
                                         Options Indexes is off, thus

 /STAGE/u4/dir2/foo    /dir2/foo         Internal redirect.

 /STAGE/u5/bar         -                 Exists really, no redirect

 /STAGE/u6             -                 Fails unless location exists

The entries described in SYNOPSIS in the access.conf or an equivalent place define the name of the staging directory, the name of an internal location that catches the exception when a document is not in the staging directory, and the regular expression that transforms the staging URI into the corresponding public URI.

With this setup only ErrorDocument 403 and 404 will be served by Apache::Stage. If you need coexistence with different ErrorDocument handlers, you will either have to disable them for /STAGE or integrate the code of Apache::Stage into an if/else branch based on the path.


This module has not changed since 1997.



This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as Perl itself.