symfony and the .htaccess file

One performance boost that can be garnered from a symfony app (or any app for that matter) is disabling .htaccess. .htaccess does not need to be parsed on each visit to your app. Disabling .htaccess is trivial in your VirtualHost or another relevant part of your apache configuration place:

AllowOverride None

symfony does require the Rewrite recipes in .htaccess to properly give you pretty urls, so place those statements right after AllowOverride None.

In my specific case I used this:

<VirtualHost *>
  ServerName contest.spindrop.sf
  DocumentRoot    /Users/davedash/Sites/spindrop/web/
  DirectoryIndex  frontend_dev.php

  <Directory /Users/davedash/Sites/spindrop/web/>
    Options Indexes FollowSymLinks MultiViews
    AllowOverride None
    <IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
      RewriteEngine On

      RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} \..+$
      RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !\.html$
      RewriteRule .* - [L]

      RewriteRule ^$ index.html [QSA]
      RewriteRule ^([^.]+)$ $1.html [QSA]
      RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f

      RewriteRule ^(.*)$ frontend_dev.php [QSA,L]

Now all these rewriting rules are loaded when the server is restarted and the .htaccess is not examined upon each request.