I'm attempting to get ahead of the game with this post. The problem occurs with a Red Hat server, but I'm assuming it will recur on my Xamp installation. The following -in quotes- was posted on a Red Hat distribution forum. They were clueless other than to suggest some conf.d directive is the cause of the bizarre behavior. Which directive I'm attempting to determine.
"Apache automatically adds directories to my physical path. I create a physical path such as " /var/www/vhosts/my_domain.us/zencart" in which my index.php file is in the "zencart" directory. I then
attempt to open the zencart application with the url "httpds://www.my_domain.us" and I get a 404 Not Found error with an associated error_log message:
[Thu Apr 02 23:09:21 2015] [error] [client 188.8.131.52] File does not exist: /var/www/vhosts/my_domain.us/my_domain.us/zencart/zencart.
Two new folders have been added to the physical path. There is also an associated problem. The above error_log message is sometimes generated without ftp displaying an adjusted physical path;
i.e., with an unchanged, correct physical path displayed.
Any insight into this conundrum would be greatly appreciated."