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RewriteRule in .htaccess file not working

I am working on a site the uses
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
RewriteRule (.*) content.php?page=$1 [QSA,L]

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To change /content.php?page=XXX into something like http://mydomain.com/faqs

I tried adding some 301 redirects
Redirect 301 /oldfile.htm /newfile.htm

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but the code above was appending a path to them that caused them to fail, give me 404s.

I did some research and found that a RewriteRule was a better choice, and it doesn't append the path, but it also doesn't work.

 RewriteRule "/privacy-policy$" "/privacy-statement"  [R=301,L]
           RewriteRule "/commercial-lending$" "/factoring"  [R=301,L]

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But http://mydomain.com/commercial-lending just goes to that exact url, which fails. It is ignoring the redirect.

I am just hacking at these .htaccess statements, and I'd appreciate some guidance on how to get some form of redirect to work that is compatible with my existing code. I have about 30 redirects.

Thanks.
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birwin
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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
'RewriteRule' is the destination and must be a real file.  It is Not what the address seen in the browser (though it can be).

Here is probably the info you want:  http://code.tutsplus.com/tutorials/using-htaccess-files-for-pretty-urls--net-6049  Note that if your 'pretty URL' is an actual directory name then that is where it will go and will Not follow the rewrite rule.
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Julian HansenCommented:
but the code above was appending a path to them that caused them to fail, give me 404s
Can you give an example?
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birwinAuthor Commented:
It was showing https://www.mydomain.com/factoring?page=commercial-lending
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Julian HansenCommented:
Based on what rule?
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birwinAuthor Commented:
Dave, my "pretty urls" was working fine before I added the redirects. But the code that generates the "pretty urls" is blowing up the redirects.

I started with "Redirect 301 /oldfile.htm /newfile.htm" but that gave me urls like https://www.mydomain.com/factoring?page=commercial-lending

I then tried the RewriteRule approach, which stopped appending the path, but it just doesn't do the redirect, or at least as I have it currently written.
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Julian HansenCommented:
I am not understanding how
Redirect 301 /oldfile.htm /newfile.htm
Can result in a url with factoring?page=commercial-lending
Are we missing a piece of the puzzle?
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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
When you have...
RewriteRule (.*) content.php?page=$1 [QSA,L]

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You are going to end up on 'content.php'.  Then 'content.php' will read the query string ($1) to determine what to return to the browser.  'content.php' will not normally show up in the browser.  But since it is the target of the rule, I don't believe that you can further redirect it.
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birwinAuthor Commented:
So the answer was to place the rewrites first, and terminate them with [R=301,L]

Then I ran:

RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME}.php -f
RewriteRule !.*\.php$ %{REQUEST_FILENAME}.php [QSA,L]

RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
RewriteRule (.*) content.php?page=$1 [QSA,L]

below them.

This caused a problem with the home page, as it generated a 404. So I added the following to the top of content.php.
if(!$page){
header("Location: https://mysite.com/index");
}

I am still looking for a "pure" .htaccess solution, but this now works well.

So no one came close, but apparently I have to award points, so I will award them equally.
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