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From "John Passaniti" <jp...@rochester.rr.com>
Subject Support For Searching Multiple User Directories
Date Mon, 25 Mar 2002 13:28:39 GMT
I've done my best by carefully reading the Apache documentation and trying
various things, but I just can't figure out a solution to the following
problem.  On the server I'm on, I don't have access to compile modules, so
I'm probably looking for a mod_rewrite solution.

In the document root for my site, I have some directories:

	/home/httpd/html/john
	/home/httpd/html/paul

I can get to these with the obvious URLs:

	http://mysite/john
	http://mysite/paul

I also have users on my server, each with their own directories:

	/home/george/public_html
	/home/ringo/public_html

I can get to these with these expected URLs:

	http://mysite/~george
	http://mysite/~ringo

My server has the property that no user has the same name as a directory in
the document root for my site.  So what I would like to do is flatten the
URL address space so that these work:

	http://mysite/george
	http://mysite/ringo

That is, I want to be able to remove the tilde from the URL.

I found an example that is kind of like what I want in
http://httpd.apache.org/docs/misc/rewriteguide.html ("Search pages in more
than one directory"), but the twist here is that I can't just append
%{REQUEST_FILENAME} to two different directory paths.  It works for the
document root, but how do I handle the user directories?  Unlike the
document root, there is the "public_html" directory between the user name
and the user's document root.  I need some way to break up the incoming URL
into a user name and the document root.  I understand regular expressions
and how to construct this:

	^/([^/]+)(.*)

	$1 = user name
	$2 = rest of URL

But I don't understand the appropriate RewriteCond/RewriteRule incantation
to use this.





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