Virtual Directory

I use Apache 1.3

I'd like to have a virtual directory so that when the user accesses
http://localhost/somedirectory/ he in fact accesses http://localhost/ but thinks he's in http://localhost/somedirectory/

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SWB-ConsultingAuthor Commented:
one more thing: i want it to be done in the htaccess file not in the httpd.conf
use mod_rewrite:

RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !^/$
RewriteRule ^/somedirectory(.*)$ /$1 [R,L]
SWB-ConsultingAuthor Commented:
I tried it in the .htaccess but it didn't work. It didn't find the address http://localhost/domedirectory/
which .htaccess, that in domedirectory?
you better write these rules in httpd.conf
for so called per-dir context (.htaccess; <Directory> and <Location> containers in httpd.conf), the pattern of a rewriteRule does not start with a leading slash. If you need an external redirect (-> url changes in the locationbar), add the R-Flag ([R=301,L]). Make sure you're sending a statuscode 301 moved permanently, otherwise search engines will not follow this redirection.

RewriteEngine On
RewriteRule ^somedirectory/?(.*)$ /$1 [L]

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