regular expressions and mod_rewrite - please help

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regular expressions and mod_rewrite - please help

Postby oswald_yang » Thu Oct 29, 2009 7:31 am

Hey Guys,

Apologies for this 'possibly' noob question. I've written basic mod_rewrite rules which works well, but there is one I can't seem to get working. I've tried many rules, looked at many examples, but to no avail and now that deadline is tomorrow, I'm getting desperate. So what I want to happen is this:

http://sub.domain.com/foo/bar/page?s=32 ... ifications
...needs to become...
http://sub.domain.com/page?s=3263,0,0,0 ... ifications

NOTE: "3263,0,0,0,177,0,Qualifications" changes with every page - the numbers and words.

This is where I'm at now. I know it's wrong, just have NO idea what to do about it or how it should look (ie. to remove "/foo/bar/ and keep the rest).

RewriteEngine On
RewriteRule ^([^/]*)\$ /foo/bar/page?s=$1 [L]

Thanks,
Charl
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Postby oswald_yang » Fri Oct 30, 2009 5:54 am

Hey Guys,

Not sure if posting a question like the above is bad forum etiquette (hope it's not), but I am rather desperate. I have this deadline for tonight (south african time - 4 hours to go) to get this sorted. Really I've tried just about anything IRC, you name it, but to no avail.

My sincere apologies to sound so desperate, but I am. Can someone at least tell me whether what I'm trying to do is possible or not?

Any assistance would be GREATLY appreciated!

Thanks,
Charl
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Postby richardk » Fri Oct 30, 2009 11:23 am

Does "page" change?

Try
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Options +FollowSymLinks

RewriteEngine On

RewriteCond %{QUERY_STRING} ^(.*&)?s=.
RewriteRule ^([^/]+)/?$ /foo/bar/$1 [QSA,L]
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Postby oswald_yang » Mon Nov 02, 2009 12:46 am

Hey Richard,

Thanks for replying! No, 'page' does not change. The only part that changes is:

"3263,0,0,0,177,0,Qualifications"

I tried the code you sent (changed the foo and bar to what they should be) in an .htaccess file and in the vhost, but it didn't have any effect, AllowOverride is set to All and mod_rewrite is enabled as we use it on many other sites.

I think the problem might be the following... In the vhosts root dir there are only two files, .htaccess and index.htm, the vhost itself contains the following line:

Redirect permanent /index.htm http://foo.bar.domain.co.za/foo/bar/pag ... ,0,0,177,0,

The content of the site is pulled from our cms' Oracle DB cache with the use of mod_plsql, ie. the sites content aren't in the sites root dir - do you think this might be the reason why the rewrite rules have no effect and if so, any ideas on how to over come this issue?

(I know that Redirect and Rewrite can't work in conjunction, so I have tried removing the Redirect rule and tested without it and still no luck.)
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Postby richardk » Mon Nov 02, 2009 10:38 am

What URL is currently in the browser's address bar?
What URL should be in the browser's address bar?
What is the actual URL to the content?

Try
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Options +FollowSymLinks

RewriteEngine On

RewriteCond %{QUERY_STRING} ^(.*&)?s=.
RewriteRule ^/page/?$ /foo/bar/page [QSA,L]

and
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Options +FollowSymLinks

RewriteEngine On

RewriteCond %{QUERY_STRING} ^(.*&)?s=.
RewriteRule ^/foo/bar/page/?$ /page [R=301,L]

in your <VirtualHost>.
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Postby oswald_yang » Tue Nov 03, 2009 12:38 am

Hi Richard,

Thanks again for your assistance, I tried both suggestions (and obviously replaced foo and bar with their REAL entries), but still no luck, tried both in the .htaccess file and the URL doesn't budge, BUT adding them to the vhost, the first option does nothing, but the second changes the URL to look like it should, but also seems to want to load modified URL, which obviously doesn't exist.

So to answer you questions:

What URL is currently in the browser's address bar?

Let's explain using the actual URL's. When I enter
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http://nqf.pl.privatelabel.co.za/

into my browser, it jumps to (which is what it should load)
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http://nqf.pl.privatelabel.co.za/pls/cms/page?s=3263,0,0,0,177,0,

and whatever page's one clicks on adds the respective page name, ie. Qualifications to the end of the URL.

What URL should be in the browser's address bar?

actual URL
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http://nqf.pl.privatelabel.co.za/pls/cms/page?s=3263,0,0,0,177,0,

should display
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http://nqf.pl.privatelabel.co.za/page?s=3263,0,0,0,177,0,

and actual URL
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http://nqf.pl.privatelabel.co.za/pls/cms/page?s=3263,0,0,0,177,0,Qualifications

should display
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http://nqf.pl.privatelabel.co.za/page?s=3263,0,0,0,177,0,Qualifications


If it's easier for the pages to display the following options (respective to the above) we can go for that.

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http://nqf.pl.privatelabel.co.za/

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http://nqf.pl.privatelabel.co.za/Qualifications


What is the actual URL to the content?

Please see above...

It does seem like were getting somewhere :) I've removed rewrite rules from the vhost for the time being as it kills the temp site.

Cheers,
Charl
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