I'm sorry to have taken so long to respond to your comments, IlyaM, but I got side tracked with other activities and I needed time to ponder your comments. I agree with your comments, but to the extent that they contradict mine, I'm now confused.
What you said makes sense as I understand httpd: After a page is requested from Apache and delivered, the relationship is terminated, the daemon dies along with all references to the client. If this understanding of mine is incorrect, please correct me.
My error seems to come from my reading of a line in O'Reilly's book, Apache: The Definitive Guide (2nd Edition) by Ben & Peter Laurie. In Chapter 5: Authentication, on page 126, the section entitled, "Using .htaccess Files" it says:
"The drawback to the .htaccess method is that the files are parsed for each access to the server, rather than just once at startup, so there is a substantial performance penalty."
Honestly, I think you're right. I must be misreading O'Reilly's book. I know it's not your job to defend O'Reilly, but I'm trying to reconcile the two logical comments. Incidentally, I think this relates to Perl and Perl Monks in that the CGI.pm is very widely used by perl programmers.
Please let me know what you think.
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