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From "Steve Finkelstein" ...@stevefink.net>
Subject Re: [users@httpd] ErrorDocument 404 redirect with server response code issue
Date Thu, 30 Aug 2007 15:56:30 GMT
Thanks all, makes more sense now. :-)

- sf

On 8/30/07, Joshua Slive <joshua@slive.ca> wrote:
>
> On 8/30/07, Steve Finkelstein <sf@stevefink.net> wrote:
> > Hi all,
> >
> > I'm trying to redirect users to my base URL upon a 404 submission.
> According
> > to Apache's documentation, the method I'm using is not sufficient:
> >
> > Note that when you specify an ErrorDocument that points to a remote URL
> (ie.
> > anything with a method such as http in front of it), Apache will send a
> > redirect to the client to tell it where to find the document, even if
> the
> > document ends up being on the same server. This has several
> implications,
> > the most important being that the client will not receive the original
> error
> > status code, but instead will receive a redirect status code.
> >
> > I'd send like use proper headers, send a 404 to the client, then
> redirect
> > them to my base URL.
> >
> > Is this possible? Should I resort to mod_rewrite versus ErrorDocument?
>
> No, it's not possible. This is just the way HTTP works. You either get
> an error code (404) or you get a redirect code (30x), you can have
> both.
>
> As a design issue, I suggest making a proper 404 page and simply
> providing an obvious link on this page back to your home page. This is
> clearer both for real users and for robots.
>
> If you really want to, you can create a 404 error page that uses a
> <meta> refresh in the html to take you back to the homepage. But this
> would be ugly and annoying.
>
> Joshua.
>
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