"RewriteRule ^" means?

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"RewriteRule ^" means?

Postby marcelloma » Tue Sep 22, 2009 12:51 pm

This code
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RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} !^(www\.) [NC]
RewriteRule ^ http://www.%{HTTP_HOST}%{REQUEST_URI} [L,R=301]

adds the www. to a domain, but..what does the "^" mean after RewriteRule ?
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Postby richardk » Wed Sep 23, 2009 9:40 am

It is an anchor. It matches the beginning of the URL (or the relative part of the URL). So ^a will match /a but not /1a.

In this case, as there is nothing after the ^, it will match anything (like .*) because there is always something (even an empty string/URL) to match.
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