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Apache rewrite issue makes no sense. Help?

Hi all!!

This one has me stumped.

I'm trying to do a 301 redirect of some old pages to new ones.

They work perfectly fine without the R flag, but if I add any kind of [R] or [R=301] they break.


RewriteRule test_page.html new_page.html

Dont work:

RewriteRule test_page.html new_page.html [R=301]
RewriteRule ^/test_page.html new_page.html [R=301]
RewriteRule ^test_page.html new_page.html [R=301]
RewriteRule test_page.html hxxp://wwwDOTdomainDOTcom/new_page.html [R=301]

After turning on the rewrite logging, I saw what was happening:

Without the R flag, the result is:

[per-dir /var/www/html/] add per-dir prefix: test_page.html -> /var/www/html/new_page.html
[per-dir /var/www/html/] strip per-dir prefix: /var/www/html/new_page.html -> new_page.html

But, when I add the R flag:

[per-dir /var/www/html/] add per-dir prefix: test_page.html -> /var/www/html/new_page.html
[per-dir /var/www/html/] explicitly forcing redirect with hxxp://wwwDOTdomainD0Tcom/var/www/html/new_page.html

Instead of stripping the prefix, Apache is inserting the doc root path in the URL. What the heck is THAT?

Had to change it to DOTs since Im new :/

Last edited by Ahhk; 11-17-2012 at 11:52 PM.

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For your rules with the [R=301], did you attempt those 1 at a time, or all at once in that order you have them?

Typically you'd want to set it to [R=301,L] to indicate if that RewriteRule is triggered it knows to stop trying to process any further rules.

This rule should work, and I've verified it on my own server:

RewriteRule test.htm HTeaTeaP://domainDOTcom/test2.htm [R=301,L]
Hope that helps.

- Jacob


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