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From Mari Masuda <mari.mas...@stanford.edu>
Subject [users@httpd] please help with mod_rewrite rules
Date Sat, 29 May 2010 19:20:11 GMT
Hello,

I am moving a large website from a proprietary CMS to Drupal.  In the proprietary CMS, all
media files (images, pdfs, etc.) have URLs like http://media.xxx.org/images/blah.jpg or http://media.xxx.org/documents/blah.pdf.
 In my Drupal .htaccess I have created the following two mod_rewrite rules so that the old
URLs will continue to work and so we can continue using the scheme of http://media.xxx.org/images/whatever.jpg
instead of using the Drupal location:

---
  # handle imagecache images
  RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^media\.(xxx|xxx-stage)\.org$
  RewriteCond %{QUERY_STRING} ^size=(x_small|small|medium_small|medium_large|large)$
  RewriteRule ^/?(.*) /imagecache/%1/$1? [L,NE]

  # handle requests for things at media.xxx.org
  RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^media\.(xxx|xxx-stage)\.org$
  RewriteRule ^/?(.*) http://media.%1.org/sites/default/files/$1 [L]
---

I am not that experienced in regular expressions or mod_rewrite so I am actually not completely
sure how I got the above rewrite rules to work, but they do actually work.  (Beginner's luck,
I guess!)  In the actual RewriteRule of the second block (i.e., RewriteRule ^/?(.*) http://media.%1.org/sites/default/files/$1
[L]) I had to put the http://media.%1.org/ in order to get it to work.  My question is how
can I mask the rewritten URL so in the browser's address bar it just shows http://media.xxx.org/images/blah.jpg
instead of http://media.xxx.org/sites/default/files/images/blah.jpg?  To complicate matters,
I believe our host uses a link of some sort so that http://media.xxx.org/sites/default/files
is actually a link to /some/other/path/on/the/server.  When I was looking at the Apache documentation
it seemed like Alias or AliasMatch would be the thing to use to mask the URL but I could not
figure out how to get it to work.

Thank you for any tips!

Mari
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