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Question about 301 redirect using a wildcard

     
4:28 am on Feb 10, 2014 (gmt 0)

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I have a series of dynamic URLs from the old site that need to be redirected to the static URL on the new site. I think I need to use a wildcard in the rewrite rule but not sure.

Example -- multiple versions of the same URL:

www.example.com/page-category/page/20130908f521
www.example.com/page-category/page/20131026a640
www.example.com/page-category/page/20131025y307
etc.

I want to redirect them all to:

www.example.com/page-category/page/

Sooo, something like this?:

RewriteRule^page/(.*)$http://www.example.com/page-category/page/[R=301,L]

Thanks all for help
4:54 am on Feb 10, 2014 (gmt 0)

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I hope that was an artifact of cutting-and-pasting. I think your server will explode if you try to feed it a RewriteRule with no spaces.

:: detour to test site ::

Yup. (This is a relief. Last time I checked something, I turned out to be 100% mistaken.)

Once you're in mod_rewrite, all you have to do is leave off the closing anchor:

^page-category/page/

will match anything that begins that way. You don't need the (.*), because you're not capturing. Keep the opening anchor, as it will shave a nanosecond or two off processing.
12:54 pm on Feb 10, 2014 (gmt 0)

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Thank you. And a clarification question about redirect loops:

If my rule is:

RewriteRule ^page-category/page/ http://example.com/page-category/page/ [R=301]

and a user types in the new preferred URL http://example.com/page-category/page/, will that keep redirecting to itself?
9:20 pm on Feb 10, 2014 (gmt 0)

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Oops, yes, my bad. If the target and the pattern are the same, you will always get an infinite loop. So you'll need to add one character to the rule and make the pattern

^page-category/page/.

. here means "anything at all". That way your target and pattern are different and there's no loop.

Edit: Also make sure the rule includes the [L] flag. It isn't implied by [R=301] the way it would be for [G] or [F] (or, I think, any non-300 code).
 

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