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Postby BlueWater on Sun Dec 04, 2011 5:33 pm


The directives contained in this module allow for manipulation and control of URLs as requests arrive at the server. The Alias and ScriptAlias directives are used to map between URLs and filesystem paths. This allows for content which is not directly under the DocumentRoot served as part of the web document tree. The ScriptAlias directive has the additional effect of marking the target directory as containing only CGI scripts.

The Redirect directives are used to instruct clients to make a new request with a different URL. They are often used when a resource has moved to a new location.

mod_alias is designed to handle simple URL manipulation tasks. For more complicated tasks such as manipulating the query string, use the tools provided by mod_rewrite.

Order of Processing

Aliases and Redirects occuring in different contexts are processed like other directives according to standard merging rules. But when multiple Aliases or Redirects occur in the same context (for example, in the same <VirtualHost> section) they are processed in a particular order.

First, all Redirects are processed before Aliases are processed, and therefore a request that matches a Redirect or RedirectMatch will never have Aliases applied. Second, the Aliases and Redirects are processed in the order they appear in the configuration files, with the first match taking precedence.

For this reason, when two or more of these directives apply to the same sub-path, you must list the most specific path first in order for all the directives to have an effect. For example, the following configuration will work as expected:

Alias /foo/bar /baz
Alias /foo /gaq

But if the above two directives were reversed in order, the /foo Alias would always match before the /foo/bar Alias, so the latter directive would be ignored.
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Re: RedirectMatch

Postby BlueWater on Sun Dec 04, 2011 5:40 pm

The Quick and Dirty Solution

A meta refresh tag added to the <head> section of a web page will forward a visitor to another page, it looks like this:
<meta http-equiv="Refresh" content="8;URL=http://">
This tag simply sends a visitor FROM the page they're at, TO somepage.html, after an 8 second delay. W3C says not to use it, it's non-standard, "fast refreshes" are frowned on by SEs due to abuse and, although most spiders follow it, your URLs usually won't be updated in SEs. A five second delay or longer has never caused me SE problems but your mileage may vary. Frankly, meta refresh is a pretty lame solution but when you need something "quick and dirty" until you can implement something better...

What's An .htaccess File?

An .htaccess file just is a plain text file. It has one directive (that's what Apache folks call the instructions used in this file) per line like this:
RewriteEngine on

The "RewriteEngine" portion is the directive and "on" is a parameter that describes what "RewriteEngine" should do. More on this directive in a minute.

The .htaccess file usually lives it the root directory of a site and allows each site to uniquely configure how Apache delivers its content. Its directives apply to the entire site, but subdirectories can contain their own .htaccess and it applies to this sub and all of its subs and so on, down thru all of your sub sub sub sub subdirectories... You could have a different .htaccess in every sudirectory and make each sub behave a little differently. You get the idea.

our site may have had an .htaccess from day one, or not, depends on how your host configured Apache. If it did, MAKE A BACK UP! Treat the backup as read only! Do NOT edit, delete, revise, bend, fold, staple, or mutilate any of the lines it contains! Ever! Changing something critical can take your site down. Until you know exactly what you are doing, ADD code to the copied file or revise your OWN code, but keep your paws off of the rest of the it! And don't fool with the back up! If you didn't have an .htaccess when you acquired hosting (and still don't) and your host said you can use mod_alias or mod_rewrite, we'll make one. Not just yet though.
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