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How can I redirect one URL to another (including subdirectories) without changing the URL in address bar (so something like mod_rewrite features)?

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In a mod_rewrite, if the rewriterule result contains an external URL such as http://www.example.com/$1 then it actually redirects instead of rewriting, because the result URL must be internal for it to work normally.

What I want is basically explained in my topic - How can I redirect one URL to another (including subdirectories) without changing the URL in address bar (so something like mod_rewrite features)?

I heard about using ProxyPass but am afraid of how to use it, implement it, etc.

So any suggestions that might help?

If it helps, then this is what I have right now in my mod_rewrite (and it achieves exactly what I want, except that it redirects and does not keep the original URL in address bar.)

.HTACCESS CONTENT (in http://blog.kinggary.com/ ):
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://gary.blogs.com/$1
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Question by:Chopianissima
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by:ahoffmann
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you cannot redirect without hanging URL in addressbar (except using malware on the client: JavaScript, ActiveX etc.)

If you just need to rewrite, then you could use RewriteRule with [P] flag
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I would suggest for you to explore using ProxyPass (or reverse proxy concept).  This approach would bring the remote webserer namespace into yours.

Take a look at apache mod_proxy module (http://httpd.apache.org/docs-2.0/mod/mod_proxy.html).

Specific to your requirement, I would personnally go for using proxy.  Just jump to a example on Apache website :
http://httpd.apache.org/docs-2.0/mod/mod_proxy.html#examples

You could include this in the Vhost for bloggs.kinggary.com (a suggestion).
--
ProxyRequests On
ProxyVia On

<Proxy *>
  Order deny,allow
  Deny from all
  Allow from internal.example.com
</Proxy>

Reverse Proxy
ProxyRequests Off

<Proxy *>
  Order deny,allow
  Allow from all
</Proxy>

ProxyPass             /   http://gary.blogs.com/
ProxyPassReverse  /   http://gary.blogs.com/
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by:Chopianissima
ID: 11795477
Please keep in mind I'm still on Apache 1.3.31.

Also, mod_proxy module does not load with my Apache; what do I need to put in to make it load with Apache? I tried putting in the line to load the .so and the .c for mod_proxy but I just get an error saying there is an error with the httpd.conf (so I just revert my changes.)
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by:samri
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hi Chopianissima,

Not a problem, Apache 1.3.x have a corresponding proxy module as well.  Check you modules directory for mod_proxy.so (which I think). (http://httpd.apache.org/docs/mod/mod_proxy.html).  Take a look at forward/reverse proxy section (http://httpd.apache.org/docs/mod/mod_proxy.html#forwardreverse).

Just load the proxy module, and


#  ProxyRequests On
  ProxyRequests Off
  <Proxy *>
    Order deny,allow
    Deny from all
    Allow from 127.0.0.1 192.168
 </Proxy>

ProxyPass /stokely http://www.stokely.com/
ProxyPassReverse /stokely http://www.stokely.com/

ProxyPass /eskimo http://www.eskimo.com/
ProxyPassReverse /eskimo http://www.eskimo.com/
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