help with a mod_rewrite statement

first a litle explanation
i have a directory stucture of


i user mod_rewite so bob is

so to get his working i have (all letters.)
   RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !^[a-zA-Z]/
   RewriteRule   ^/A([^/]+)/?(.*)    /A/A$1/$2  [L]
   RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !^[a-zA-Z]/
   RewriteRule   ^/B([^/]+)/?(.*)    /B/B$1/$2  [L]
   RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !^[a-zA-Z]/
   RewriteRule   ^/C([^/]+)/?(.*)    /C/C$1/$2  [L]
   RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !^[a-zA-Z]/
   RewriteRule   ^/D([^/]+)/?(.*)    /D/D$1/$2  [L]

I am  thinking there must be a beteter way to do it
so i thought i would try
RewriteRule   ^/([a-zA-Z])(.*)  /$1/$1$2 [R,L]

but when i do it, mod_rewrite gets in a nasty loop
in the log file i see

thanks for any help

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Why don't you keep it internal?

RewriteEngine on
RewriteRule   ^/(([a-zA-Z]).*)  /home/un/$2/$1 [L]

If you need a redirectm you must add a condition to exclude an already redirected URL:

RewriteEngine on
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !^/[a-z]/ [NC]
RewriteRule   ^/(([a-zA-Z]).*)  /$2/$1 [R,L]

Do you have a case-intensite platform? Otherwise /bob and /Bob would end up with in different folders. may be consider a RewriteMap.

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pariesAuthor Commented:

i thought the RewriteRule   was the virtual address not the absolute.  Not sure what you mean by "internal"
yes this is on a linux box so it is case sensitive

> was the virtual address not the absolute.

Yes, you can use an URL-path in per-server context, too

> Not sure what you mean by "internal"

You used the R-Flag: [R,L]. This forces an external redirection.
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