Apache MOD_REWRITE trouble

I am trying to set up mod_rewrite. in my httpd.conf file i have set it to load the mod_rewrite module, but when i try to set rewrite rules, it isn't working. here is my code:

RewriteEngine on
RewriteRule ^/error/([0-9]+)$ /error-pages/$1.php


I don't get errors, but when i go to "/error/404" to test it, it tells me the page isnt found and DOESNT show my custom error page.
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NopiusCommented:
If you are using rewrite engine in .htaccess, then tty these rules (in top htdocs directory .htaccess):

RewriteEngine On
RewriteBase /
RewriteRule ^error/([0-9]+)$ error-pages/$1.php

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OscurochuAuthor Commented:
im not doing this in htaccess, im doing it in httpd.conf

do i have to use .htaccess?
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OscurochuAuthor Commented:
i tried creating an .htacess file with the rewrite rules and it still isn't working
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NopiusCommented:
For directory where .htacess resides please define AllowOverride option.

<Directory /...>
...
AllowOverride All
...
</Directory>

It works on my apache and I tested it before posting (but used 404.txt instead of 404.php).
It might be you placed your .htaccess into incorrect directory (not into the domain top /).
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OscurochuAuthor Commented:
i have "AllowOveride All" set
the .htaccess file IS in the top level directory
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NopiusCommented:
Ok, let's start a debug session :-)

In 'httpd.conf' please define these directives:

RewriteLog /tmp/rewrite.log
RewriteLogLevel 3

When getting error look into /tmp/rewrite.log, access_log  and error_log and post here all related messages.
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OscurochuAuthor Commented:
its not giving me any errors, its just not working. rewrite.log is blank.

access_log:
70.127.251.232 - - [27/Mar/2007:20:56:23 -0400] "GET /error/404 HTTP/1.1" 404 -

error_log:

[Tue Mar 27 20:56:23 2007] [error] [client 70.127.251.232] File does not exist: C:/www/crackerblack.dyndns.org/public_html/error
[Tue Mar 27 20:56:23 2007] [error] [client 70.127.251.232] File does not exist: C:/www/crackerblack.dyndns.org/public_html/error
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NopiusCommented:
If rewrite log is created by Apache then rewrite module is included.
If no logs there - your C:/www/crackerblack.dyndns.org/public_html/.htaccess is not picked up by apache and rewrite engine didn't turned on. Why - I dont' know. May be there are some Windows speific issues.

You said you did rewrite rules in httpd.conf. In what section did it (global/directory/virtual host)?
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OscurochuAuthor Commented:
i made an include file for convienence. i have the file included in httpd.conf, the file is included just fine though... i've done a few test to make sure the file is included...

the include file i made has just the rewrite commands i displayed for you.
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NopiusCommented:
In what section of Apache it is included?
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OscurochuAuthor Commented:
i already told you, httpd.conf
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NopiusCommented:
In httpd.conf there are many sections I mean <Directory> <VirtualHost> or just global?
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OscurochuAuthor Commented:
oh, global.
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NopiusCommented:
Ok.
1) Open your httpd.conf again and find <Directoru /.../htdocs> section - your document root directory
2) Place these directives inside <Directory .../htdocs> section:
RewriteEngine On
RewriteBase /
RewriteRule ^error/([0-9]+)$ error-pages/$1.php

3) Leave RewriteLog and RewriteLogLevel in global section

That's my configuration:
...
RewriteLog /tmp/rewrite.log
RewriteLogLevel 5
<Directory "/u10/v/vA0/usr/htdocs">
RewriteEngine On
RewriteBase /
RewriteRule ^error/([0-9]+)$ error-pages/$1.php
...
4) Remove all .htaccess files from your htdocs directory

I just tested it and it works here.
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