[development] Can .htaccess discard part of a path?

Nancy Wichmann nan_wich at bellsouth.net
Tue Nov 10 19:55:17 UTC 2009

Wow, how did you know about MomsTeam (now YouthSportsParents)?


I put this in there already    RewriteRule ^cgi-bin/printOriginal.pl/$
http://www.example.com [R=301,L]

And I am still seeing these come through to the Drupal log.


There might be a clue in RewriteRule ^alpha/sports/(.*)
http://www.example.com/sports/$1 [R=301,L] if I really understood
regular [sic] expressions.


Nancy E. Wichmann, PMP  

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. -- Dr. Martin L. King,


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Sent: Tuesday, November 10, 2009 11:26 AM
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Subject: Re: [development] Can .htaccess discard part of a path?



I'm assuming this is a leftover from the moms team site?  The incoming
requests are coming from the fact that Google appears to have lots of these
links in its index still to these URLs and sites which still link to these

Instead of a rewrite, I'd suggest a a response code 301 redirect.  This will
be more Google friendly.

look in the default .htaccess file for the (commented out by default) lines
that deal with www. redirection (ie, you always want people to see "www" or
never do, regardless of how they access the site.)  Using those patterns
should help show you how to redirect to the same content but without the


Nancy Wichmann wrote: 

I am getting lots of requests like this:

a/gamma/rage_prevention.shtml> &file=/alpha/beta/gamma/rage_prevention.shtml

The file argument is a valid page on our old site and is itself redirected
with a ReWriteRule in .htaccess. However, cgi-bin/printOriginal.pl does not
exist and I have no idea what it was supposed to do (well, I can guess print
the page). We get lots of these requests for different pages. I have tried a
simple rewrite rule and a URL alias to prevent the 404 processing, but
neither has fixed it.

Is it possible to design a rewriterule that essentially discards the
"cgi-bin/printOriginal.pl" and just serves up the requested page (well,
after its own rewrite rule has worked)? So this would become




Nancy E. Wichmann, PMP 

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. -- Dr. Martin L. King,


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