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From "Boyle Owen" <Owen.Bo...@swx.com>
Subject RE: [users@httpd] htaccess ANY HELP PLEASE ?
Date Tue, 30 May 2006 07:03:11 GMT
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Mididoc Productions [mailto:mail@mididoc.com] 
> Sent: Tuesday, May 30, 2006 1:14 AM
> To: users@httpd.apache.org
> Subject: [users@httpd] htaccess ANY HELP PLEASE ?
> Importance: High

First off, it's not regarded as nice netiquette to repost to a mailing list after only 5 hours.
After a week, maybe... but after 5 hours implies you think the rest of us exist merely to
serve you :-)

Turning to your "problem"...

> we have in the htaccess file a treatment for errors:
> 
> ErrorDocument 403 http://www.ourdomain.com
> ErrorDocument 404 http://www.ourdomain.com
> ErrorDocument 500 http://www.ourdomain.com
> 
> this is for redirecting any user to the mainpage, when he is 
> searching a
> file which does not exist.
> this works with all files, also without extension.
> 
> but when the user inserts for example 
> http://www.ourdomain.com/index.php
> 
> the browser jumps into an error message 404 file not found.
> he doesn't redirect the user to the mainpage like always.

Essential info when posting:

- Apache version
- OS
- error_log entry
- access_log entry

Otherwise, we're just guessing...

Additional info:

- do you actually have PHP installed?
- is it configured correctly and working on existing URLs?

Incidentally, I'm a little bemused by this problem of "high importance" - it is not usual
that users surf a site by typing in random URLs in the hope that they lead to a page. So I
don't quite see what all the panic's about. The whole ErrorDoc scheme is about giving users
some useful info when *you* inadvertently create a broken link on your site (happens a lot
on complex sites). Also, your scheme of converting a 404 into a redirect to the homepage is
a bit weird - how is anyone supposed to know something went wrong? They'll just assume your
link leads to the homepage and get fed up  - and they won't report the broken link to you
(users are the best thing for finding bugs on your site :-) 

I'd have a think about the whole ErrorDoc thing and try to work out exactly what you're trying
to achieve...

Rgds,
Owen Boyle
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> 
> has anybody an idea to get this working?
> 
> 
> many thanks
> 
> 
> mike
> 
> 
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