Zaemz Zaemz -4 years ago 249
Apache Configuration Question

Why is Apache Permanent Redirect removing the slash between the domain and the path?

I'm using Apache 2.4, and I set up two virtual directories. One requires SSL, and the other one redirects to it.

If a user attempts to visit
without /derp existing, they correctly get a 404. But when a user visits
, Apache incorrectly redirects the user to
, removing the slash between the path and the domain name.

I have no idea what would be causing this.

The following is the setup of my Virtual Host.

<VirtualHost *:443>
DocumentRoot "C:\Users\derp\Documents\Web Projects\derp"
SSLEngine on
SSLCertificateFile "C:\Apache24\certs\cert.cer"
SSLCertificateKeyFile "C:\Apache24\certs\key.key"

<VirtualHost *:80>
Redirect permanent /

<Directory "C:\Users\derp\Documents\Web Projects\derp">
Options Indexes FollowSymLinks Includes ExecCGI
AllowOverride All
Require all granted

Why would Apache be behaving this way?

Bonus Question: Should redirects be handled in my virtual host definition, or should it be handled in the .htaccess file in the web site's physical directory?


I'm starting a Laravel project, and by default the public folder does contain a .htaccess file, so here's that guy:

<IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
Options -MultiViews
RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
RewriteRule ^ index.php [L]

Edit Two:

I tried:

  • adding a slash at the end of the DirectoryRoot path

  • replacing the backslashes with forward slashes in the DirectoryRoot path

  • replacing the backslashes with double backslashes in the DirectoryRoot path

I also removed the .htaccess file from the directory completely.

It redirects correctly when you go from
. It's just when you specify a path and attempt https that it removes the slash between the domain and the path.

Edit Three:

I also attempted the following suggestion:

Redirect permanent /


RedirectMatch permanent /(.*)$1


RedirectMatch permanent (.*)$1

... and instead of redirecting to https://www.derp.comderp, it instead does not redirect, attempts and gives a 404 for, but using Apache's 404, instead of throwing a Not Found Exception, as Laravel does without configuration.

Edit Four:

I have also tried:

<IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
Options -MultiViews
RewriteEngine On
RewriteBase /
RewriteRule ^index\.php$ - [L]
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
RewriteRule . /index.php [L]

In the .htaccess file and the behavior did not change at all.

Answer Source

I got it.

The issue did not lay with the rewriting at all, it was the SSLRequireSSL directive under my Directory definition that was causing the problem.

I simply removed this directive, refreshed the cache in all of my browsers, and the site then continued to work correctly. This was discovered through the process of elimination.

The documentation notes:

This directive forbids access unless HTTP over SSL (i.e. HTTPS) is enabled for the current connection. This is very handy inside the SSL-enabled virtual host or directories for defending against configuration errors that expose stuff that should be protected. When this directive is present all requests are denied which are not using SSL.

The emphasis is my own. SSLRequireSSL may have Apache only return a 403 or 404 if HTTP over SSL is not enabled, interfering with the rewrite rule. A rewrite rule such as the one in this answer on Server Fault may be a better alternative depending on your use case:

RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{SERVER_PORT} !443
RewriteRule ^(/(.*))?$ https://%{HTTP_HOST}/$1 [R=301,L]
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