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Subject Re: [users@httpd] Using a MOTD
Date Mon, 02 Feb 2009 18:00:42 GMT

Thanks gentlemen. I'll look into that. Appreciate the help! 


On Mon, Feb 2, 2009 at 12:42 PM, André Warnier <> wrote: 
> wrote: 
>> Thanks Brian. 
>> Using the "Has_Seen_MOTD" cookie idea is was I thinking of as well. And 
>> that's the way the CPAN Apache::MOTD does it. But, I thought the only easy 
>> way of reading and writing cookies would require Perl. I guess I was hoping 
>> someone would say there is some item in the http.conf file that I could set 
>> that would do redirects to the MOTD which then redirect to the originally 
>> requested page. 
> I'm a great fan of mod_perl myself, but in this case you might want to have 
> a look at the "cookie" flag of mod_rewrite: 
> search for "cookie". 
> And, AFAIK, by default the cookie should be session-only. 

Right-o. You can use RewriteCond in the httpd.conf file to check for 
the cookie, and only apply the rewrite rule if the cookie is not 
present (i.e., it's value is an empty string). The rewrite rule can 
then redirect to the MOTD page, and use the [co] flag on the rule to 
set the cookie. 

So I think that's what you're looking for. As far as I can imagine, 
there's no way to reliably redirect one request per session without 
using cookies, but that doesn't mean you have to use perl, if you 
don't want. 


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