Context: server config, virtual host
Override: not None
This handler is called after the request has been read but before any other phases have been processed. This is useful to make decisions based upon the input header fields.
<File>directives or in an .htaccess file. The only place this directive is allowed is the main configuration file, and the code for it will execute in the main interpreter. And because this phase happens before any identification of the type of content being requested is done (i.e. is this a python program or a gif?), the python routine specified with this handler will be called for ALL requests on this server (not just python programs), which is an important consideration if performance is a priority.
The handlers below are documented in order in which phases are processed by Apache.