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From Rich Bowen <>
Subject Re: [users@httpd] mod_rewrite/rewriterule - forcing a HTTP 500 code on all access attempt?
Date Sat, 05 Dec 2009 02:25:39 GMT

On Dec 4, 2009, at 20:25 , Frank Z wrote:

> is there a way via RewriteRule to force all access to a certain URL  
> to return with a HTTP 500
> e.g.  i have a number 3 applications that are or will be obsoleted  
> and is expected to return a 500 to all callers who try to access it.
> so when someone tries to access a deprecated URL such as http://myserver/myApp1 
>   I would like to send back a 500 and preferably some textual  
> information (nice to have).
> Will it be possible to do this via mod_rewrite?

You can use the R flag to return any valid HTTP status
RewriteRule ^/myApp1 - [R=500]

but, as Nick says, returning a 500 for it seems to be a lot less  
useful than a 404 or a 410 and an ErrorDocument.

Rich Bowen

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