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From Daniel <>
Subject Re: [users@httpd] redirect port from 80 to 443
Date Sat, 18 Feb 2017 19:00:39 GMT
Yes please, let's stay away of convoluted and most times innecessary
mod_rewrite examples to do simpleton configurations.

If you are in virtualhost 80, you have specified servername correctly and
you just want to redirect to ssl, why not a single Redirect statement?

As Yann's refered document says:
Redirect /

Most people here knows this but there are gazillions web pages refering to
bad advice, duck and tape solutions and convolued ways of using mod_rewrite
for a simple redirection when placed in proper context, we need to finish
with that trend, and the best way is to give simple, straight to the point
examples "first".

The mod_rewrite example given,lets slice it out:
> RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST}
> RewriteCond %{SERVER_PORT} =80
> RewriteRule ^(.*)$$1 [R]

This clearly assumes it is a generic recipe in a .htaccess somewhere which
can be read from a non-SSL virtualhost or non-SSL virtualhost (just to be

1º It checks the host name, but why? if you have defined a VirtualHost with
that servername and there are no conflicts the request is already landing
2º It checks for port 80. But we are redirecting to SSL, so we are already
on port 80, why check it?
3º Can be replaced with a Redirect as mentioned above.

So instead of giving out recipes for .htaccess thought out for an aging era
or shared virtualhosting, lets recommend the ideal virtualhost context
recipe first as Yann proposed earlier:

Define the virtualhost with the names you serve.
<VirtualHost *:80>
Redirect /

There is no guessing here, no unnecessary directives and it's hard to miss
or confuse with other directives and the context where it resides is
crystal clear.

Later on, when things need to be complicated, then I guess we can use "If"
or "mod_rewrite", and recommend it as needed.

2017-02-18 19:38 GMT+01:00 Richard <>:

> > Date: Saturday, February 18, 2017 11:04:34 -0700
> > From: James Moe <>
> >
> > On 02/18/2017 05:08 AM, Rodrigo Cunha wrote:
> >> i want redirect all request from port 80 to 443.
> >> what is better setting for fix this?
> >>
> >   Better than what?
> >   Fix? Is it broken?
> >
> > RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST}
> > RewriteCond %{SERVER_PORT} =80
> > RewriteRule ^(.*)$$1 [R]
> Perhaps, better than using a "rewrite"? See the documentation
> reference, given in an earlier post:
>   <>
> that has this as a specific example of when/why to use a "redirect"
> rather than a "rewrite".
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*Daniel Ferradal*
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