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Is there any way to tell apache to return the word "success" for a specific url without the corresponding file even existing?

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Rewrite the specific url to i.e. succes.php:

RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} ^/your-specific-url
RewriteRule .* /succes.php

And put in succes.php:

echo "success";

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Thank you, unfortunately I just want it to intercept a url and return "success" without relying on an actual file existing – Dan Jul 27 '10 at 9:58
"/your-specific-url" does not need to exist. If you mean you don't want a "success.php" then I don't know.. :) – Oscar Jul 27 '10 at 11:48

Without any file existing on the server? No. Apache is a great web server, but that's really all it does - serve files (or dynamic content through modules, but the concept is essentially similar). A quick read of the mod_rewrite documentation seems to indicate that something like this:

RewriteRule ^/someurl - [R=204]

should respond to a web request with a "success, no content" HTTP status code. Not exactly what you're after, but might do the trick.

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