Redirect index.html to index.php with 301 redirect in .htaccess

I have a 301 redirect for my old index page to the new php one like this:

redirect 301 /index.html http://www.mydomain.com/index.php

What I don't like is that when someone goes to http://www.mydomain.com, it appends the index.php to the end of it where it didn't use to before. Does anyone know how to setup the redirect so that when someone goes to http://www.mydomain.com, all they see in the address bar is http://www.mydomain.com instead of http://www.mydomain.com/index.php? Thanks.
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rbichonAsked:
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ftsaoCommented:
Try deleting the index.html file off the server and use the following:

redirect 301 /index.html http://www.mydomain.com

With the redirect rule in your .htaccess file, there shouldn't be a need to keep the old html file.
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rbichonAuthor Commented:
I tried that. It causes an infinite loop and the page never loads. It seems like the server thinks that it has to redirect a page back to itself. Here is what I did:

RewriteEngine on
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^(www\.)?mydomain\.com$ [NC]
RewriteRule ^(.*)index.html$ / [L,R=301]

I verified it and it works. Thanks for your help though.
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