Mod Rewrite

I'm trying to shorten the urls below using .htaccess so that the category called "Web Development" and subcategory "HTML Tools" will appear as directories. Specifically, the category url:

http://www.mydomain.com/tools/software/showpads.php?cat=Web%20Development

needs to appear as:

http://www.mydomain.com/tools/software/web_development

and subcategory url:

http://www.mydomain.com/tools/software/showpads.php?cat=Web%20Development%3A%3AHTML%20Tools

should appear as

http://www.mydomain.com/tools/software/web_development/html_tools

Thanks in advance.

emory7Asked:
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BigRatCommented:
RewriteEngine on
RewriteLog logs/rewrite
RewriteLogLevel 0
RewriteRule ^/tools/software/web_development/html_tools$  /tools/software/showpads.php?cat=Web%20Development%3A%3AHTML%20Tools [L]

RewriteRule
^/tools/software/web_development$ /tools/software/showpads.php?cat=Web%20Development

OK?

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emory7Author Commented:
Hi,
I put the above code in .htaccess in the root and then tried it in the "software" directory (where the database script is installed). I got a server error both times. Wondering what I might be doing wrong?

Thanks much.
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pjedmondCommented:
You need to provide exactly what the server error is to help us.

Possible problems:

Is mod_rewrite loaded
Is mod_alias loaded before mod_rewrite
Do you have the line 'RewriteEngin on' after the module is loaded

Try changing RewriteLogLevel to 3 instead of 0, and tell us what errors you get in the log file.

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pjedmondCommented:
You don't want that [L] on the RewriteRules already given by BigRat - Should be:
-------------X8-----------------
RewriteEngine on
RewriteLog logs/rewrite
RewriteLogLevel 0
RewriteRule ^/tools/software/web_development/html_tools$  /tools/software/showpads.php?cat=Web20Development%3A%3AHTML%20Tools

RewriteRule ^/tools/software/web_development$ /tools/software/showpads.php?cat=Web%20Development
-------------X8-----------------

Try using the 'AllowOverride all' directive applied to the directory in which you have the .htaccess file

Other than the above ideas, we need feedback to locate the source of the problem

HTH:)
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pjedmondCommented:
Oooops - should be:

'RewriteEngine on'

with an 'e' in my first posting!
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BigRatCommented:
One of the problems with putting this sort of thing into .htaccess, is that the web server has to find the .htaccess file from the URL, which involves resolving the URL in filestore.

I always put this sort of rewrite in the httpd.conf file, which requires access to the file, but allows me to rewrite almost anything ionto anything else.
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