http.conf URL rewrite - remove all FQDN links

Hi All,

I work for a company that doesn't have internet access.  I'd like to use some open source software, but it because it has loads of internet based content embedded - e.g. google fonts.  It takes ages to load.

Would it be possible to change all links to local




Many thanks
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Dr. KlahnPrincipal Software EngineerCommented:
Technically, sure, this can be done.

In real life, it's often impractical.

  • You would have to go through every single page, find out where the internet downloaded "stuff" is, download it as an imaged file, and then store those imaged files locally.
  • Some content is dynamically generated, which means the next time you use it it'll be out of date or it won't work.
  • Some content depends on other content you can't see back at the issuers' sites, such as big databases
  • A lot of content wants to use cookies (either standard or Flash) and that problem is messy to deal with.
detox1978Author Commented:
There arent that many pages, so only 20ish urls that need switching.

Need help getting it to work.
detox1978Author Commented:
The question is how to change URL's using http.rewrite, so I don't need to go through each page.

I just need to know the URL's that I'd like to change and http.rewrite will update them before sending the web browser.
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RobOwner (Aidellio)Commented:
Replace "YOURDOMAIN.COM" with your actual domain

Options +FollowSymLinks
RewriteEngine On
RewriteBase /
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} !^YOURDOMAIN\.com$ [NC]
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ %{SERVER_PROTOCOL}://{REQUEST_URI} [R=301,L]

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detox1978Author Commented:
Sorry for the delay in responding.  I've been away with work.

The website URL is http://helpdesk.  I added the code below which is being picked up but doesn't change all the URLs to http://helpdesk

RewriteBase /
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} !^helpdesk$ [NC]
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ %{SERVER_PROTOCOL}://helpdesk/%{REQUEST_URI} [R=301,L]

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Any suggestion?
detox1978Author Commented:
e.g. if the source code links to a javascript file  The user would look receive http://helpdesk/ga.js
RobOwner (Aidellio)Commented:
ah okay... I was also matching the protocol (http/https)

I've modified it for you below:

RewriteBase /
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} !^helpdesk$ [NC]
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://helpdesk/%{REQUEST_URI} [R=301,L]
RobOwner (Aidellio)Commented:
I'll object to keep this going as i've realised a huge mistake in this approach... the reason it's not redirecting is because the browser doesn't request the javascript files from your server so it CANNOT be rewritten... apologies that i didn't realise this earlier.

You either need to search and replace (as was suggested above) all the domains with your "http://helpdesk/" which wouldn't be that hard using regex
Install a proxy server that can do the rewrite for you (a lot of mucking around if you ask me but it's possible)

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