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HTACCESS - ModRewrite - dynamic linking?

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Last Modified: 2013-12-13
Here's what I'm trying to accomplish.

lets say a user goes to example.com/this/that

if the directories 'this' and 'that' don't exist, I was the user to be pointed to
whatever.php?cat=this&product=that

But this shouldn't cause users to be unable to access other directories that do exist..

Categories and Products are dynamic in the database, so writing rules for each specific combination would be insane.

How do I do this?
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Here is the rule
<rule>
      <from>([^\?]*)/([^\?]*)</from>
      <to>whatever.php?cat=$1&product=$2</to>
</rule>

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Commented:
Will that work in a .htaccess file?

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Commented:
This is creating an Internal Server Error

How does this translate into an htaccess file?

anyone?

Author

Commented:
Ok - I got this far:

RewriteEngine On
RewriteRule ^([^/]*)/([^/]*)$ /products.php?category=$1&product=$2 [L]

And it works, but it's causing the CSS not to parse... wtf?
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Commented:
I got it:

RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
RewriteRule ^([a-zA-Z0-9-[:space:]_]+)/([a-zA-Z0-9-[:space:]_]+)/?$ categories.html?category=$1&product=$2 [L]
RewriteRule ^([a-zA-Z0-9-[:space:]_]+)/?$ categories.html?category=$1 [L]

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I solved this issue myself and want to close the question so I'm giving you the points

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