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From Jay Levitt <>
Subject [users@httpd] mod_rewrite and relative URLs
Date Mon, 25 Apr 2005 16:58:33 GMT
I have the following requirements for a site I'm building:

- For bureaucratic reasons, I have only one UNIX account, only one 
subdomain, and no access to httpd.conf itself.  (That may change, so if 
you can think of a solution that would otherwise work, please post it!)

- I wish to have "system root" (my term) subdirectories /prod, /staging, 
and /dev to hold the production site, ready-for-production, and 
development versions of the site.

- The main content for each site is currently being generated by 
MovableType, and will be stored in $SYSTEM_ROOT/mt-pages.  (I don't like 
having subsystem-specific files in the root directory.)

- Each site also uses other subsystems like vBulletin, a survey script, 
etc., which are stored in $SYSTEM_ROOT/forum, $SYSTEM_ROOT/survey, etc.

- Requests for should be rewritten to

- Requests for any$SYSTEM_ROOT/file.ext should be 
rewritten to $SYSTEM_ROOT/mt-pages/file.ext.

- BUT requests for$SYSTEM_ROOT/subdir/file.ext should 
remain unchanged.

So far, so good.  I have RewriteRules in an .htaccess in ServerRoot to 
point it to prod, and similar rules in each $SYSTEM_ROOT dir to point 
into mt-pages for any filename with a dot in it.  (I'm OK limiting 
myself to directories without dots.)

The problem, of course, is that if I request, which gets rewritten to, any relative links to, 
say, "images/logo.gif" will look for /images/logo.gif, not /prod/mt-

I can solve this by adding a BASE tag to each page, or by using absolute 
URLs, but that kills the point of having these mirror-image test 

I could also solve it by explicitly checking for each known subsystem in 
the .htaccess file, rather than assuming any directory to be a top-level 
subsystem, but I'd prefer to avoid that.

Is there some solution with mod_rewrite, mod_alias, or something else 
that will let me rewrite both URLs and the content base?  This seems 
like it ought to be a common problem.

Jay Levitt                | 
Wellesley, MA             | I feel calm.  I feel ready.  I can only
Faster: jay at jay dot fm | conclude that's because I don't have a         | full grasp of the situation. - Mark Adler

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