CentOS htaccess file question

Posted on 2013-06-14
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Last Modified: 2013-07-04
I am trying to use an .htaccess file on my server to redirect www. requests to a URL without www..

I have made the .htaccess with htpasswd on my CentOS 5.8 server with the required 301 redirect line in it although it does not work.

I think the redirect does not work because it is not using the htaccess file at all i.e. I try to add junk to the htaccess to test if it is in use (website would not work with junk), and nothing happens.

Please suggest how I solve this or any more information that you require.

Question by:Johny_Brav0
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Author Comment

ID: 39247810
Hi thanks for the link but I looked at that already.

As I cannot get the .htaccess file to be used by the server I am trying to put a redirect in the httpd.conf file instead.

So I add:
Redirect / https://mywebsite.co.uk

The problem is that the website is then made inaccessable when  I try to browse to it.

Please advise on this approach
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savone earned 1336 total points
ID: 39247982
So you are trying to redirect www.domain.com to domain.com (without www)?

Try this in your httpd.conf file:

<VirtualHost *>
  ServerName www.example.com
  Redirect 301 / http://example.com/
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serialband earned 664 total points
ID: 39249601
You need to change Allow Overide None to Allow Overide All to your directives in the httpd.conf file.

<Directory /var/www/>
AllowOverride All

Author Comment

ID: 39250456
Hi, thanks for the replies.

I will try the virtual host one on Monday back at work.

The AllowOverride All idea I have tried although if I did that with another directory within the httpd.conf file would it disable the /var/www one? Just an idea.

Author Comment

ID: 39252480
The reason I require the redirect is that we only have certificates for the URL without the www..

So I am trying to redirect to the URL with certificates so there are no certificate warnings.

I tried (exact code):
<VirtualHost *>
  ServerName www.nine23appstore.co.uk
  Redirect 301 / http://nine23appstore.co.uk

And no luck, I also tried:

<Directory "/var/www">
 Options Indexes FollowSymLinks MultiViews
 AllOverride All
 Order allow,deny
 allow from all

With no luck.

On a CentOS setup the hosted files are in www I take it where the .htaccess file should be also?

Many thanks

Author Comment

ID: 39259038
Silly me, turns out I was using the wrong directory in CentOS however it was a www directory so that threw me.

Got the .htaccess file working although I need a wildcard certificate to cope with both URLs as the browser gives a warning when the new redirect occurs.

Thanks anyway

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