Mod Rewrite - use with .htaccess - HELP!

Hi Folks

We host websites on Apache servers. One of our client's web designers has asked us to allow the use of Mod_Rewrite, preferably with .htaccess, and I have absolutely no idea how to implement this feature.

Can someone please explain, in words of one syllable, step by step how I set this up for this particular virtual site on the server?

Many thanks!
Chris
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ravenplCommented:
In httpd.conf put this statement

<Directory "/path/to/root/of/vserver>
    AllowOverride +FileInfo
</Directory>

This will allow .htaccess to turn on RewriteEngine. And if You ask, this is valid only within Directory directive, You can't set it per VHost.

And make sure, mod_rewrite is compiled into apache (or dso)
'httpd -l' will show You compiled-in modules.
'LoadMoule' directives will show You additional modules loaded from 'libexec' directory of apache.
gruntarCommented:
If you're on shared server you can't enable mod_rewrite if it is disabled on a server because you don't have root access. But you can test.

Put this into your htaccess file and then type some unvalid url. If you can use mod_rewrite on your server you should see redirect with info on file that didn't existed.

cheers


RewriteEngine on
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
RewriteRule ^(.*) http://%{HTTP_HOST}/path_to_php_file.php?dat=%{REQUEST_URI}&%{QUERY_STRING}

bimal_linuxCommented:
You have to do this in two steps:
step1: Ask apach to identify the .htaccss file. You can do this in this way in the httpd.conf.

Inside the <Virutalhost> </VirtualHost>  entry of that domain put:
<Directory "/var/www/html/site1">
Options Indexes FollowSymLinks
AllowOverride None
Order allow,deny
  Allow from all
</Directory>
AccessFileName .htaccess
<Files ~ "^\.ht">
    Order allow,deny
    Deny from all
</Files>

if /var/www/html/site1 is the document root for the domain.

your have to put the rewrite rules in the .htaccess file. The location of the .htaccess file can be at /var/www/html/site1 or its child tree.

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ravenplCommented:
The above is untrue.
modrewrite requires
Options FileInfo
in the Directory scope
(or, as I posted in first post, AllowOverride FileInfo, which allows to override it in .htaccess file)
gruntarCommented:
Point is if he host his sites on shared server he do not have access to httpd.conf in a first place. So he cannot add any lines to httpd.conf.

Only think he can do is to check if mod rewrite is enabled (allowed) on server.

Cheers
ravenplCommented:
Yes, 'gruntar' You are right.
'bimal_linux's post is wrong, as the configuration he provided does not allow to use mod_rewrite.

And as the author said 'one of our clients', I assumed, that the author has access to httpd.conf.

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