Osprey Osprey - 1 month ago 18
ASP.NET (C#) Question

404 Redirecting for non aspx pages

I am using the web.config code below to redirect requests to missing pages to a 404 error handling page:

<customErrors mode="On" defaultRedirect="404.aspx" redirectMode="ResponseRewrite">
<error statusCode="404" redirect="404.aspx"/>
</customErrors>


It works fine when I look for pages such as "missing.aspx" but it does not work for pages without the ".aspx" extension such as "missing.asp" or just "missing". When it does not work, it just loads a standard IIS 7.5 error page.

What am I doing wrong? I am using .net 4. I noticed other people asking the same question but they didn't get an answer.

Thanks!

Answer

As dbaseman states this is because the asp.net handlers are not called for non-asp.net files. An easy way to force the asp.net handler to operate on all requests is to set the following in your web.config.

<system.webServer>
    <modules runAllManagedModulesForAllRequests="true">
</system.webServer>

This tells IIS to run through all of the managed modules for all requests such as .html, .jpg, .css, .js, etc. This is typically frowned upon as it just introduces extra processing and latency.

http://www.hanselman.com/blog/BackToBasicsDynamicImageGenerationASPNETControllersRoutingIHttpHandlersAndRunAllManagedModulesForAllRequests.aspx

Another option to try (cleaner than the above) was posted as an answer here: http://stackoverflow.com/a/6661699/701062

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