[development] mod rewrite rules question

Ashraf Amayreh mistknight at gmail.com
Wed Mar 3 18:03:28 UTC 2010

Well, the reason for the internal server error, awkwardly enough, is because
I had FollowSymLinks inside the directory tags inside the virtual host tags

Options Indexes FollowSymLinks

Removing it solved the internal server error. In fact, I do use symlinks so
I was puzzled on what to do. Adding Options +FollowSymLinks in the .htaccess
file did it (it's already done in Drupal's .htaccess file). Strangely
enough, you cannot declare this inside the directory tags but could through
.htaccess and probably outside the directory tags too.

I also noted that "NULL" must be sent without a newline. For anyone who may
try this in the future.

The final look for the rewrite rules are as follows:

RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} !^apps.example.com <http://apps.jeeran.com>
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^(.*).example.com <http://jeeran.com>
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ ${res:%1}$1 [QSA]

RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !=/favicon.ico
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ index.php?q=$1 [L,QSA]

I am bumping into the infinite loop problem though. And I'm not sure the
proposed solution could work. In case the rewrite was transparent (app
returns NULL), there's no way to know on future requests that I've done a
previous rewrite. For example:

If abc.example.com returned a NULL, the URL will still be
abc.example.comand not
abc.example.com/members so I can't check against "members" to prevent an
infinite loop, unless I misunderstood the proposed solution. With the above
rewrite rules, I'm getting a very strange phenomena for non-rewriteen URLs
(when the app returns NULL):


Of course it's too long to paste here. The error I get is 414 (Request-URI
Too Large)

Any help still appreciated :)

Best Regards,
Ashraf Amayreh
CEO | O-Minds
Cell. 962 78 8099997
Tel. 962 6 5655150
Fax. 962 6 5675150

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