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From Joshua Slive <>
Subject Re: [users@httpd] Apache and ColdFusion .htaccess status code
Date Thu, 22 Jan 2004 21:59:00 GMT

On Fri, 23 Jan 2004, Taco Fleur wrote:

> I have several files in the search engine, I moved these files, once they
> are requested I'd like to return the appropriate status code and do the
> redirect, i.e.
> .htaccess
> redirect permanent /people.cfm
> The issue I am having is that apache sends the request (as far as I can
> tell) directly to CF, so it does not even check if the file exists etc. and
> run the redirect.
> In IIS I know there is an option to actually check if the file exists before
> sending the request to cf, I know its asking for much, but does Apache have
> this?
> Or is there some other work-around? If so, how?

You haven't specified exactly how you activate cold-fusion.  There are
some circumstances where apache will call the handler when the file does
not exist.  I agree this doesn't make sense, but there are others who like
this behavior and use it for virtual resources.

For your case, you can probably solve your problem by placing the redirect
in httpd.conf.  .htaccess files are only applied for requests that hit the
filesystem, while httpd.conf should be applied regardless.


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