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From Daniel Lopez <>
Subject Re: Rewriting to lowercase
Date Thu, 20 Jun 2002 18:16:11 GMT

> I guess I should have asked both in the earlier message. I am trying to
> find the best way to do this; I have an NT server running IIS and am
> switching/upgrading to a linux box with apache. Of course, many of the
> users setup their websites with mixed cases that don't correspond the the
> case of the filename.
> Now, I can probably find scripts to rename all the files in the directory
> to lowercase, so that isn't an issue. But, I need a way to get apache to
> find them, no matter what the case in the html source is. I'm guessing
> something could be done with mod_rewrite. I looked at the URL rewriting
> page, and didn't see anything specific for it.
> How can I do this, and will it work with everything in the HTML, or just
> the links they click on( i.e. will images still be broken)?
> I hope this isn't something I should have already come across, forgive me
> if it is.

mod_speling can take care of exactly what you describe

"Attempts to correct mistaken URLs that users might have entered by ignoring
capitalization and by allowing up to one misspelling"

It is possible also to use mod_rewrite rules to do the same, but in your
case mod_speling is the way to go. It may have a bit of performance impact
if you have a very busy website


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