Rewrite Help

Hi I am trying to write a rewrite rule that will redirect any traffic to a specific php file, to a port on the server instead. While it is still on the same server, the server now has a subdomain too.

The redirect must save all the query string after it.

The following is an example of what I need to do:

As you can see, its really only xxxxxxxxx that needs to be extracted and moved, while the other query strings can stay in the same place.

I have tried the folowing:
RewriteCond %{query_string} userkey\=(.+?)&(.+)
RewriteRule ^thefile\.php [P]

But this seems like a bad way of doing it, and doesnt seem to be working as it should. I dont really want to proxy anything and I think Ive got myself tied up in knots!

Can anybody help? Max points as I need a solution asap!

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martinewskiConnect With a Mentor Commented:
It looks like this could do it.

RewriteEngine on
RewriteCond %{query_string} userkey\=(.+?)&(.+)
RewriteRule ^thefile\.php [L]

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stewartacampbellAuthor Commented:
That did indeed do it.

Points are yours.

Out of interest though, could you advise any way of doing it without proxying? Bear in mind the port can be the main webby address, doesnt need to use the new subdomain.

Im just so sure I should be able to do this without using mod_proxy.
The flag was changed from P to L, so there's no proxying anymore.
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stewartacampbellAuthor Commented:
Ah sorry I forgot to mention, this has to be invisible to the client.

When using the [L] flag the following is returned to the browser (looking using Wireshark)

<title>302 Found</title>
<p>The document has moved.....

This breaks the client.

It has to be invisible to the client.

Any ideas?
In that case I think you would have to use php to get the file contents and output to thefile.php.

mod_proxy doesn't pass variables to the destination, that's why it wouldn't work with mod_rewrite.
stewartacampbellAuthor Commented:
Strangely enough, I managed to get it working!

RewriteCond %{query_string} userkey\=(.+?)&(.+)
RewriteRule ^thefile\.php http://%{SERVER_NAME}:12345/%1/thefile?%2 [NE,QSA,L]

The above managed to avoid proxying at all (which I was already sure didnt have to be done).

I had a couple hours sleep and woke up with the realisation that it didnt matter about the subdomain, since they were both located on the same server, and the local redirect worked wonders.

Im not even sure the %2 needs to be there since QSA is added, but its working and Im not going to mess with it!

Thanks again.
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