mod_rewrite rule

I have a simple rule to take requests for html pages and pass them through a content management engine.


news.html will be requested by apache as index.php?page=news
RewriteRule ^(.*)\.html$ index.php?page=$1 [L]

I now need to get the following working

news.html?a=1&b=2 as index.php?page=news&a=1&b=2

(so that the site works a= and b= will vary from page to page so the a= and b= can't be hard coded within the rule)

Nothing I've done with this gets it to work.
eg these fail
RewriteRule ^(.*)\.html(.*)$ index.php?page=$1&$2 [L]
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RewriteRule ^(.*)\.html(\?(.*))$ index.php?page=$1&$3
jglyonsAuthor Commented:
m1tk4 Not sure why you've gone to $3 but that rule breaks what worked at the start so that it now returns 404 page not found.
$3 because there are three sets of ()'s now. Turn on Rewrite logging and it will show you what's wrong with it.
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RewriteRule ^(.*)\.html(\??(.*))$ index.php?page=$1&$3 [last]

sorry, missed one ?
You cannot access the QueryString from within a RewriteRule-pattern.

The case here: Just use the QSA-Flag (QueryString append), which adds the existing queryString to the new one:

RewriteRule ^(.*)\.html$ index.php?page=$1 [QSA,L]

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jglyonsAuthor Commented:

caterham_www GENIUS!  3 hours of tearing hair out and it was that simple.  Good answer thank you.
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