Root level htacess and redirects issues

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Root level htacess and redirects issues

Post by vincem » Sun Mar 29, 2009 8:31 pm

I'm having an issue with redirects and htaccess. I'm trying to redirect any traffic arriving to mydomain.com to go to www.mydomain.com instead. The following is the code I'm using for that purpose in the root level htaccess file (I've changed my own domain name into "mydomain" below to avoid getting this crawled by Google and indexed as a weird link as it did before):

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Options +FollowSymlinks
RewriteEngine On
RewriteOptions MaxRedirects=10
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^mydomain.com$ [NC]
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://www.mydomain.com/$1 [R=301,L]


However that causes a problem: if I navigate to www.mydomain.com/s9y/ (let's say that's my path to the Serendipity installation), everything works fine. However if I try to go to www.mydomain.com/s9y (without the trailing slash), the URL gets re-written as http://www.mydomain.com/cgi-bin/php5-cgi/s9y/index.php and that obviously doesn't work well. ;-)

I'm using mod_rewrite in Serendipity's settings because errorhandling, which I'm not too familiar with, was working and fixing that problem but also returning a "File does not exist" which I assume were 404's in the server's error log with every page load, even though the blog was loading fine in my browser.

As it is, my Serendipity htaccess file is unchanged from what is created by turning mod_rewrite on.

Just in case, here's my real s9y install: http://www.vincentmounier.com/blog2/ ; I have turned root level redirects off for now to avoid the conflict with Serendipity. That way I am having partial success: navigating to www.mydomain.com/s9y redirects me to mydomain.com/s9y/, which works but really isn't what I want...

I must be missing something obvious. How can I set Serendipity's htaccess to co-exist with my root-level redirects?

Cheers,
Vince

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Re: Root level htacess and redirects issues

Post by garvinhicking » Mon Mar 30, 2009 11:49 am

Hi!

I believe this bad "/" redirection might come from a missing or malbehaving DirectoryIndex clause. I'm actually not sure why "s9y" does not instruct your webserver to go to "s9y/". Can you contact your server support to ask them about this specific issue?

If s9y were properly turned to "s9y/" then the HTTP redirection wouldn't fail...

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Re: Root level htacess and redirects issues

Post by vincem » Tue Mar 31, 2009 6:52 am

I'm afraid server support were about as helpful as a post office employee. ;-)

I did check my DirectoryIndex setting and it is set to index.htm but I assume that's only for the root level. Can DirectoryIndex also handle sub-directories?

Updated: I conducted a test with another script in another similar directory and the results are the same, so it would seem that s9y's htaccess isn't directly responsible..

I'll keep looking. One last question: is it normal for the other mode available in Serendipity (Apache errorhandling) to return a "file not found" on the error log (for every GET it would seem), even though the page is loading fine?

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Re: Root level htacess and redirects issues

Post by garvinhicking » Tue Mar 31, 2009 11:40 am

Hi!

Yeah, I also don't think that DirectoryIndex might be the right setting. It might be some other canonical APache setting, that I'm not really aware of. Maybe a specific Apache/Webhosting-Forum could give more help on the issue?

I'll keep looking. One last question: is it normal for the other mode available in Serendipity (Apache errorhandling) to return a "file not found" on the error log (for every GET it would seem), even though the page is loading fine?


Yes, it is. Since it uses the ErrorHandling directive, you can't prevent an entry in the Apache errorlog in this case...

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Re: Root level htacess and redirects issues

Post by vincem » Thu Apr 02, 2009 6:50 pm

Well, whatever the cause was, I've solved my issue by adding a couple of lines to s9y's htaccess that basically duplicate the rewrite rules I had at root level. I'm not too sure about the rationale behind all this but it works...

Cheers,
Vince

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Re: Root level htacess and redirects issues

Post by abdussamad » Sun May 24, 2009 3:44 am

I recommend that you use the following code just once:

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RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} !^www
RewriteRule (.*) http://www.%{HTTP_HOST}/$1 [R=301,L]


Why change the code now? Well because no-www link to an entry permalink still does not redirect correctly on your site.

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Re: Root level htacess and redirects issues

Post by vincem » Sun May 24, 2009 6:43 am

Wow, I hadn't caught that, thanks for the feedback! I had to tweak your code a bit to fix another problem I just discovered, which was an error when rewriting to add both the "www" and the trailing "/", so I had to add more code to both my root and Serendipity .htaccess, but in the end I believe I've got it fixed.

Cheers,

Vince

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