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From Andrew Clarke <>
Subject Re: [users@httpd] Applying a universal rewrite
Date Wed, 12 Jul 2006 02:30:31 GMT
On Mon, 10 Jul 2006 17:14, Boyle Owen wrote:

Thanks for your response. I have some success now, although it took a fight 
and there's still a problem with the location of my rewrite code. For 
background I'll put up the geoip.conf include file contents:

<IfModule mod_geoip.c>
    GeoIPEnable On
    GeoIPDBFile /usr/local/share/GeoIP/GeoIP.dat MemoryCache
    GeoIPOutput All

    # default country must be australia
    # TODO: improve this to care only if it seems to be a local net address
    # actual list includes more bad countries
    SetEnvIf GEOIP_COUNTRY_CODE ^(CN|HK|JP|KR|RU)$ BlockCountry

Straight away there's a problem that I have tried unsuccessfully to solve 
with the extra SetEnvIf. If you are on a local subnet (ie 10. or 192.168.) 
then the GeoIP module can't nominate a country. It seems to return -- as 
the country code in that case. (Or an empty string; the output from 
phpinfo() shows the variable as -- but I'm suspicious)

However the SetEnvIf does not seem capable of rewriting that variable, even 
though a plain SetEnv can. Am I trying to override the variable's value 
incorrectly, or match the value incorrectly?

> > Rewrites don't appear to work outside of Location
> > blocks, and unless I'm doing  something wrong, it
> > doesn't work in the <Directory /> block either.
> You're doing something wrong. Rewrites will work at any level (check the
> "Context" line in

Yup - i see that in the doco, but unless I have the rewrites in the 
<Directory /> block, it is not triggering. I have tried it up near the 
include of the conf.d/geoip.conf file, or at the end of the file, but it 
definitely didn't work until it went inside the <Directory /> block.

Here's my rewrite rules which might shed some light:

<Directory />
    RewriteEngine on
    RewriteBase /
    RewriteCond %{ENV:BlockCountry} 1
    RewriteRule .* http://nastysite/ [L,R=301]

    Options FollowSymLinks
    AllowOverride None
    Order Allow,Deny
    Allow from all

Oh, the error_log was showing a complaint that "without Options 
FollowSymlinks", it says it "implies that rewrites are not allowed", so I 
had to add the option.

> Otherwise, you need to debug the rewrite logic - switch on rewrite
> logging to see what it's doing.

Even that yielded no output even at level 9 until I got the thing in a place 
that made it function.

I guess it's time to point out that I'm using 2.0.54 on RedHat FC4

Still, it's now working successfully so that my access and error logs are 
down to a far more pleasant size, including the nightly LogWatch email. Got 
to be happy with that, and I like to think that stupid little script 
kiddies in chinese schools are now viewing appalling images that would 
probably get them locked in a Gulag.

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