View Full Version : [ubuntu] How to enable mod_rewrite on virtual host (not working?)

January 12th, 2009, 06:33 PM
Hi gang,

I've just set up my first Apache virtual host, but I can't seem to get mod_rewrite working. Even with nothing in htaccess except RewriteEngine On, I get an internal server error when trying to access a mod_rewrite address.

Error log tells me mod_rewrite is not installed, but strangely enough, mod rewrite works fine on /etc/apache2/sites-available/default (but not on the virtual at /etc/apache2/sites/available/websitev2)

/etc/apache2/sites/available/websitev2 attached below - any help sincerely appreciated.

ServerAdmin webmaster@localhost

DocumentRoot /var/www/websitev2/
<Directory />
Options FollowSymLinks
AllowOverride None
<Directory /var/www/websitev2/>
Options Indexes FollowSymLinks MultiViews
AllowOverride All
Order allow,deny
allow from all

ScriptAlias /cgi-bin/ /usr/lib/cgi-bin/
<Directory "/usr/lib/cgi-bin">
AllowOverride None
Options +ExecCGI -MultiViews +SymLinksIfOwnerMatch
Order allow,deny
Allow from all

ErrorLog /var/log/apache2/error.log

# Possible values include: debug, info, notice, warn, error, crit,
# alert, emerg.
LogLevel warn

CustomLog /var/log/apache2/access.log combined

Alias /doc/ "/usr/share/doc/"
<Directory "/usr/share/doc/">
Options Indexes MultiViews FollowSymLinks
AllowOverride All
Order deny,allow
Deny from all
Allow from ::1/128


January 12th, 2009, 09:15 PM
So you are using an .htaccess file, and your rewrite rules are in that file?
It's been awhile since I used .htaccess, and it seems I may have used a similar technique for awhile. I have since changed to AuthType Basic Require valid user in the virtual hosts file...where I have several virtual hosts.
I do have one rewrite condition in the virtual host file it looks like this:

<IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
<IfModule mod_ssl.c>
<Location /squirrelmail>
RewriteEngine on
RewriteCond %{HTTPS} !^on$ [NC]
RewriteRule . https://%{HTTP_HOST}%{REQUEST_URI} [L]
This is contained inside <Directory></Directory> tags.

Also noticed log level is warn for this directory, maybe turning it up would produce more info?
Of course you have enabled the site? I only ask because it seems strange that rewrite would work on one site and not the other.

January 13th, 2009, 01:54 AM
I'll point it out just in case its not a typo
should be

also, instead of using the .htaccess, is there a reason you are not putting it right inside your virtual host directory config?

example for a typolight installation

<Directory /var/www/>
Options Indexes FollowSymLinks MultiViews
AllowOverride None
Order allow,deny
allow from all

RewriteEngine On
RewriteBase /
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
RewriteRule .* index.php [L]


January 13th, 2009, 02:11 AM
I can assume that you have enabled the mod using:

sudo a2enmod
sudo /etc/init.d/apache2 restart