[development] Outstanding issues with .htaccess, settings.php or robots.txt on Drupal 6?

Gábor Hojtsy gabor at hojtsy.hu
Mon Nov 10 12:00:31 UTC 2008


With each Drupal 6 release, we made it a best practice to include a
note in the related SA that "the settings.php, robots.txt and
.htaccess files have not changed and can be left as they are if
upgrading from the current version of Drupal".

As part of my usual Drupal 6 branch maintenance, I've worked down the
RTBC queue for Drupal 6 to two issues:

 - http://drupal.org/node/28776 - Protect svn files in .htaccess
(which also protects .test files on the Drupal 6 patch)
 - http://drupal.org/node/299582 - Update robots.txt to remove
obsolete items and order existing ones in alphabetical order

If we do change any of the three files, I think it is better to do
them all at once and then try to stay away from touching them for
another lengthy period to help people apply changes to these three
files which are most likely patched on a considerable number of Drupal

Therefore I am asking if you have any issues with these existing two
patches to sound your concerns before they are committed (avoid the
next Drupal version to come with changes to these files). Also, if you
have other issues against these files, which you think should be
resolved sooner then later, it is the time to put them into the


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