[Techtalk] Mod Rewrite rules

Daniel Pittman daniel at rimspace.net
Thu Sep 17 05:08:09 UTC 2009

Michelle Murrain <michelle at murrain.net> writes:

G'day Michelle.  I see that no one has found an answer yet, so maybe I can
help out here:

> I have an interesting situation. I have two websites, one an old static HTML
> site (domain1.com), and the other a wordpress blog (domain2.com, that I am
> merging into one drupal site.
> domain1.com is already pointing to the new drupal site. I used a Drupal
> module, called Wordpress import, that took in all of my WP posts, and put
> them in drupal so that once I pointed domain2.com to the drupal site, all
> the URLs for the individual pages would work. Yay!
> One thing remains. The main page of the blog is at domain1.com/blog. I would
> like to redirect "domain2.com/" (and only that - no other pages below it) to
> point to /blog
> This is what I've got so far in my .htaccess file:
>    RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^domain2.com$
>    RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} =/
>    RewriteRule ^/$ /blog/
> Alas, this doesn't work.
> Any tips?

Two tips: the first one is that I found it useful to use the RewriteLog option
when I was trying to debug similar problems in the past:


That will show you annoyingly verbose technical detail of the rewrite process,
but it can help point out why things are going wrong.

Second, if you are already using a VirtualHost directive at a higher level you
might find that using this is a bit easier than mod_rewrite:

    <VirtualHost *:80>
        ServerName domain2.com
        RedirectMatch  ^/+$  http://domain2.com/blog/
        # ... etc

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