RE-WRITE RULE ERROR

Hi,

I'm using easyphp.

I'm just getting into url re-writing for my site but am having what I think may be a configuration error more than anything.

I've put my .htaccess file in my root folder, the file contains the following:
RewriteEngine on
RewriteRule ^index\.php$ contactUs.php

Just a simple re-write as my first attempt.

However I am getting the following error:
Internal Server Error
The server encountered an internal error or misconfiguration and was unable to complete your request.
Please contact the server administrator, admin@localhost and inform them of the time the error occurred, and anything you might have done that may have caused the error.

More information about this error may be available in the server error log.



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Apache/1.3.33 Server at 127.0.0.1 Port 80

can any1 help?
scm0smlAsked:
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Robin HickmottConnect With a Mentor Software DeveloperCommented:
Edit your httpd.conf file ( Normally under Apache/Conf) and find  make sure that the line

LoadModule rewrite_module modules/mod_rewrite.so

is not commented ( doesent have a # in front of it ) If it is then a call to Rewrite  will error as its an unknow function (Syntax error) hence the 500 Internel Server Error.
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scm0smlAuthor Commented:
well it was commented out so i have removed the # but it still isnt working.

any other ideas?
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scm0smlAuthor Commented:
ANY1 ELSE HELP?
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scm0smlAuthor Commented:
i've just uploaded my .htaccess file and the re-write worked fine so clearly it is a config error.......
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Robin HickmottSoftware DeveloperCommented:
Did you restart your server after you edited the file?

You will need to do this in order to get it to reload the config.
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scm0smlAuthor Commented:
i did yeah. still not working tho :(
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Robin HickmottSoftware DeveloperCommented:
The problem is *normally* this error is caused by the problem above. Rather than just ignoring the error Apache throws nasty 500 errors.

I haven't used Easy PHP in Years! not just because it uses old versions of PHP and Apache but also because its normally easier to install the two separately (as well as MySQL) and you get to see how the set-up works and once you have done it one or two times its pretty self explanatory after that.

Try having a look at the Apache\logs and see if theres anything in there that would explain it.

In the meantime if you just create a .htaccess file (blank) to start with and try a page and see if it works.

If it does then create JUST the line

RewriteEngine on

If it crashes then you can be guaranteed that its a problem with the Rewrite Engine not being loaded correctly check that the mod_rewrite.so file is in Apache/Modules.

If it is then as a nasty hack you could always try

LoadModule rewrite_module modules/mod_rewrite.so
RewriteEngine on
RewriteRule ^index\.php$ contactUs.php

Not the most neatest way of doing things.
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scm0smlAuthor Commented:
ok im in work at the mo will try when i get home.

thanks
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scm0smlAuthor Commented:
there was another line that needed to be commented in:

AddModule mod_rewrite.c

i'll give you the points as you got the one line.

we've both learned something then :)
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Robin HickmottSoftware DeveloperCommented:
Most odd I don't seem to have a

AddModule mod_rewrite.c line In mine or even a mod_rewrite.c in my Apache Installation Folder.

It might be because im on Apache2 though.

good to see you got it sorted.

Regards

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