Mod_rewrite disabled

Happy Holidays to all!

In doing some reading through the internet regarding hosting companies and whatnot (I am not unhappy with DH, quite the opposite!!) I have noticed that a very few amount of hosts have decided to disable mod_rewrite in Apache. This sounds quite strange to me, as it is a very common and highly used mod.

What would be the reasoning behind disabling this mod inparticular? Seems like it would be something that every host would have enabled.


I’d give my right arm to be ambidexterous!

mod_rewrite can be tricky, and poorly written rules / regexps can cause bigtime problems (including taking an entire machine down - in which case, it’s often difficult to tell which site is causing the problem), as well as causing less serious problems that may generate support questions.

Obviously it’s also a very powerful and useful tool, which is why many hosts do leave it enabled, but I actually find it more surprising that many shared hosts allow it than the reverse.

If you haven’t, read the two quotes at the top of: