Bug 51576 - mod_rewrite rule stopped working
Summary: mod_rewrite rule stopped working
Alias: None
Product: Apache httpd-2
Classification: Unclassified
Component: mod_rewrite (show other bugs)
Version: 2.2.17
Hardware: Other Linux
: P2 normal (vote)
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Apache HTTPD Bugs Mailing List
Keywords: MassUpdate
Depends on:
Reported: 2011-07-28 17:12 UTC by monte
Modified: 2018-11-07 21:09 UTC (History)
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Description monte 2011-07-28 17:12:55 UTC
I recently updated Apache 2.2.6 > 2.2.17 (latest ubuntu server apt-get release), and a rewrite rule stopped working.

Virtual host config:

RewriteRule ^/(images|javascripts|css|ssp|media)/(.*\.)v[0-9.]+\.(css|js|gif|png|jpg|swf)$ /$1/$2$3 [L]

URL accessed:


The rewrite log shows the (correct) information: - - [28/Jul/2011:11:54:35 --0500] [media.mysite.com/sid#7fccf376d8c8][rid#7fccf422ece0/initial] (3) applying pattern '^/(images|javascripts|css|ssp|media)/(.*\.)v[0-9.]+\.(css|js|gif|png|jpg|swf)$' to uri '/media/crotw/2011/2011-07-28_crotw_car.v6.30.jpg' - - [28/Jul/2011:11:54:35 --0500] [media.mysite.com/sid#7fccf376d8c8][rid#7fccf422ece0/initial] (2) rewrite '/media/crotw/2011/2011-07-28_crotw_car.v6.30.jpg' -> '/media/crotw/2011/2011-07-28_crotw_car.jpg' - - [28/Jul/2011:11:54:35 --0500] [media.mysite.com/sid#7fccf376d8c8][rid#7fccf422ece0/initial] (2) local path result: /media/crotw/2011/2011-07-28_crotw_car.jpg - - [28/Jul/2011:11:54:35 --0500] [media.mysite.com/sid#7fccf376d8c8][rid#7fccf422ece0/initial] (1) go-ahead with /media/crotw/2011/2011-07-28_crotw_car.jpg [OK]

However, I get a 404 error, and the error log shows:

[Thu Jul 28 12:07:57 2011] [error] [client] File does not exist: /var/www/httpd/www.mysite.com/docs/media/crotw

Notice everything missing past the crotw part.

File permissions are OK, and I can copy/paste the go-ahead address in the browser address bar and the image shows just fine. So, it appears that the internal rewrite is not working in Apache any more, as it did in 2.2.6.
Comment 1 Eric Covener 2011-09-17 17:29:54 UTC
This implies "crotw" is the first directory found to be missing under the docroot. Maybe you used to have a /media in the filesystem and it was served a different way?  Rewrite will interpret it differntly whether the first path component really exists in filesystem (or treated as URL with docroot prepended)
Comment 2 William A. Rowe Jr. 2018-11-07 21:09:18 UTC
Please help us to refine our list of open and current defects; this is a mass update of old and inactive Bugzilla reports which reflect user error, already resolved defects, and still-existing defects in httpd.

As repeatedly announced, the Apache HTTP Server Project has discontinued all development and patch review of the 2.2.x series of releases. The final release 2.2.34 was published in July 2017, and no further evaluation of bug reports or security risks will be considered or published for 2.2.x releases. All reports older than 2.4.x have been updated to status RESOLVED/LATER; no further action is expected unless the report still applies to a current version of httpd.

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