I'm asking this here because I'm pretty sure it's a Linux issue.

I'm running Apache server locally on Ubuntu Server 12.10, which runs inside a virtual machine (VirtualBox) on Windows 7. The "www" directory is shared between the Ubuntu VM and my Windows OS, using VirtualBox's "Share Folder" facitility.

NOTE: It's basically a local directory in windows. In Ubuntu it gets automatically mounted on startup.

The server is also accessible from my Windows host via a URL like

The thing is that images from that URL appear to be cached until I restart the virtual machine.

For example:

The URL on the Apache server running on Ubuntu points to this file c:\www\website1\images\bg.png on the Windows share. In the Ubuntu VM it exists under /var/www/website1/images/bg.png.

If I modify this file in Photoshop in my Windows host, the changes are not seen in the Ubuntu server. I suspect that Linux caches the file or something, because after restarting the VM I'll seeing the updated image.

Is there any way I could disable caching for anything under the /var/www directory? Would this decrease performance or something?


Your problem sounds exactly like the one that's described here: Shared folder in VirtualBox for Apache

Try to add this setting to your Apache configuration:

EnableSendfile off
  • Issue from VB's forums: forums.virtualbox.org/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=33201 – slm Jan 28 '14 at 9:25
  • ok I've added that line to apache2.conf, restarted apache and now it works fine. I also tried the command you posted in the comments above and that works too, so it has something to do with the linux cache :D – Alex Jan 28 '14 at 9:27

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