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From "Erik Funkenbusch" <>
Subject Re: [users@httpd] Mod_rewrite and default document
Date Thu, 14 Sep 2006 01:01:59 GMT
> > See my problem?  I have to match a root page request with a query
> > string of ?id=[anything]
> There's an excellent book about regular expressions from O'Reilly. Spend a
> weekend with it, really.

*sigh*. Do we really need the condescending tone?  Especially since
your example doesn't work either Mr. Expert.

This is not a simple problem.  I've tried hundreds of different
patterns, read dozens of different web pages, and yes, I've read
Mastering Regular Expressions.

> RewriteEngine on
> # this rule will match all url's starting with index.php,
> # including /index.php?foo=bar but also /index.phpxxx
> RewriteRule /index.php(.*)$ /index.php$1 [L]
> # if that rule isn't matched, the follwing rule will ut anything as id=
> RewriteRule ^(.*)$ /index.php?id=$1 [L]
> Would that help !?

No, it doesn't, because it doesn't match the url:


As far as I can tell, mod_rewrite doesn't work the way you think it
does.  The default document gets interpreted AFTER mod_rewrite
processes the URL.  I could be wrong about that, but that's what it
seems to be doing.

There seems to be some cryptic interaction between mod_rewrite and
apache in terms of what order it processes things.

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