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Problem with .htaccess

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I'm a bit stuck with my .htaccess syntax on one of my websites.

Basically I want to redirect 301 any request for index.php to www.allstretchedout.co.uk. I already have several 301 redirects on the file and rewrite non www to www etc but if I add
 
Redirect 301 /index.php http://www.allstretchedout.co.uk/

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to the file it causes the Apache test page to show. I've reproduced the .htaccess file below:
 
Options +FollowSymlinks
RewriteEngine on
rewritecond %{http_host} ^allstretchedout.co.uk [nc]
rewriterule ^(.*)$ http://www.allstretchedout.co.uk/$1 [r=301,nc]



Redirect 301 /booking.php http://www.allstretchedout.co.uk/bookings.php
Redirect 301 /aboutus.html http://www.allstretchedout.co.uk/about-us.php
Redirect 301 /aboutusrentals.html http://www.allstretchedout.co.uk/about-us.php
Redirect 301 /phantom.html http://www.allstretchedout.co.uk/rolls-royce-phantom.php
Redirect 301 /mardigras.html http://www.allstretchedout.co.uk/mardi-gras.php
Redirect 301 /hellfire.html http://www.allstretchedout.co.uk/hellfire.php
Redirect 301 /hellraiser.html http://www.allstretchedout.co.uk/hellfire.php
Redirect 301 /rangerover.html http://www.allstretchedout.co.uk/view-cars.php
Redirect 301 /pinkminx.html http://www.allstretchedout.co.uk/pink-minx.php
Redirect 301 /rentals.html http://www.allstretchedout.co.uk/view-cars.php
Redirect 301 /bentley.html http://www.allstretchedout.co.uk/bentley-arnage-t.php
Redirect 301 /stargazer.html http://www.allstretchedout.co.uk/stargazer.php
Redirect 301 /inferno.html http://www.allstretchedout.co.uk/inferno.php
Redirect 301 /attitude.html http://www.allstretchedout.co.uk/attitude.php
Redirect 301 /mercedes.html http://www.allstretchedout.co.uk/view-cars.php
Redirect 301 /pink_panther.htm http://www.allstretchedout.co.uk/pink-panther.php
Redirect 301 /pinkminxvideo.html http://www.allstretchedout.co.uk/pink-minx.php
Redirect 301 /contact.html http://www.allstretchedout.co.uk/contact-us.php
Redirect 301 /stargazervideo.html http://www.allstretchedout.co.uk/stargazer.php
Redirect 301 /attitudevideo.html http://www.allstretchedout.co.uk/atttitude.php
Redirect 301 /hellraiservideo.html http://www.allstretchedout.co.uk/hellfire.php
Redirect 301 /mardigrasvideo.html http://www.allstretchedout.co.uk/mardi-gras.php
Redirect 301 /bentley-arnage.html http://www.allstretchedout.co.uk/bentley-arnage-t.php
Redirect 301 /tuxedo-royale.html http://www.allstretchedout.co.uk/bookings.php
Redirect 301 /booking.php http://www.allstretchedout.co.uk/view-cars.php
Redirect 301 /platinum-plaza.html http://www.allstretchedout.co.uk/platinum-plaza.php


AddType text/x-component .htc


php_flag magic_quotes_gpc off

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Any help would be most appreciated.

Thanks in advance.
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jeremycrussellCommented:
You get the Apache "Test Page", are you meaning the default index.html that comes with an Apache Install?

Do you have your DirectoryIndex configured to use index.php?  I.E.

DirectoryIndex index.php
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Mick_EdenAuthor Commented:
this is the page I see:

 screenshot
I'm not sure about the rest of your question regarding DirectoryIndex - it is on a shared hosting package  if that has any bearing?

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jeremycrussellCommented:
Ok, well add

DirectoryIndex index.php

to your .htaccess, and see if that solves your issue.
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Mick_EdenAuthor Commented:
No, that made no difference, it still went to the Apache page
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jeremycrussellCommented:
Instead of doing a redirect 302, try an internal RewriteRule.

I'm assuming that for some reason, the "host:" header is being ripped out of the request, so you getting sent to another site being hosted on the systems yours is hosted on.

try:

 RewriteRule ^/index.php$ http://www.allstretchedout.co.uk/ [NC]

effectively the same thing, but perhaps it will better preserve the host header information.
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Mick_EdenAuthor Commented:
I've tried this, but while it doesn't cause the Apache issue, it doesn't actually strip the index.php from the url. If you go to the site the home page shows without the index.php ext, but if I click on any link to take me back to the homepage it does show index.php in the url, which for search engine reasons I want to avoid
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jeremycrussellCommented:
maybe need a permanent redirect?

RewriteRule ^/index.php$ http://www.allstretchedout.co.uk/ [NC,R=302]
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Mick_EdenAuthor Commented:
Afraid it's no different with a 302
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jeremycrussellCommented:
Just throwing out suggestions... I see a redirect loop happening at some point...

RewriteRule ^/index.php$ http://www.allstretchedout.co.uk/ [L,R=301]
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Mick_EdenAuthor Commented:
Nope, still no effect
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jeremycrussellCommented:
RewriteRule ^/index.php$ / [QSA]
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Mick_EdenAuthor Commented:
Nope, still no effect.

I think I'll just accept that it's not going to work - it's not that big a deal really.

Thanks for your help and I'll give you the points anyway.
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jeremycrussellCommented:
One thing you might try to do is configure links on the other pages to point back the / instead of /index.php.

I apologize for not being able to find you a solution.
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Mick_EdenAuthor Commented:
No problem, I tried changing the link to just the / but it still goes to index.php. I did try putting an absolute url http://www.allstretchedout.co.uk as the link and this does work but I am concerned that search engines will not like that method.
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