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March 22, 2006 10:34 AM   Subscribe

Is it possible to implement domain-part redirection on URLs, along these lines: becomes for any instance of "*", that segment of the URL is replaced by "*" If so, are there multiple methods? [MI]

I think that this is possible if you have httpd.conf access under apache; however, in the instance I'm trying to learn about, I do not have that level of admin access. I do have DNS control over the second domain, but not the first. The page set at the first domain is my content, hosted by a commercial aggregator.

I think I might be able to accomplish this by setting up a script at "" which would parse incoming URL requests and transfer the visitor to the "" URL.

Is there a readymade script I can gank to accomplish this?

can i do what i need just in DNS?

posted by mwhybark to Computers & Internet (8 answers total)
If you don't have the ability to modify httpd.conf, can you change settings with .htaccess? If so, then this problem can be solved with mod_rewrite.
posted by justkevin at 10:39 AM on March 22, 2006

Assuming that apache is configured correctly, you can use a RedirectMatch directive in .htaccess

Something like:
RedirectMatch /baz/(.*)$$1
posted by rajbot at 10:50 AM on March 22, 2006

Response by poster: Thanks, I will try both these methods today and note what happens. I don't know offhand if our main domain host permits .htaccess.
posted by mwhybark at 11:02 AM on March 22, 2006

Just a note. Even if a host gives you .htaccess support, they may not let you put mod_rewrite or mod_alias rules there (though many do).

Another other option would be to create a bunch of dummy HTML pages to replace the originals that use a meta redirect to the new location. Not all that complicated, but I don't know of any ready-made scripts to do it for you.
posted by Good Brain at 11:10 AM on March 22, 2006

Response by poster: nope, .htaccess is disallowed. Shoot.
posted by mwhybark at 11:29 AM on March 22, 2006

Response by poster: Oh, hilarity. I just realized we already have DNS forwarding set up; the commercial aggregator renders their pages into frames which led me to overlook just testing to see if forwarding was already in place.

I'm placing a pancake on my head at this very moment.
posted by mwhybark at 11:39 AM on March 22, 2006

I'm placing a pancake on my head at this very moment.
What's the story behind that phrase?
posted by chazlarson at 12:06 PM on March 22, 2006

Response by poster: See this as a starter.
posted by mwhybark at 7:20 PM on March 22, 2006

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