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I have this virtual host setup as the first in a list of virtual hosts. It is

<VirtualHost localhost:80>
ServerName localhost
DocumentRoot "/www/drupal5"

<Location /server-status>
    SetHandler server-status
    Order Deny,Allow
    Allow from localhost

The rest of the virtual hosts are below and expressed as *:80.

When I include the DocumentRoot in this virtual host, requests on the server to http://localhost/server-status always hit /index.php through rewrite rules in /www/drupal5/.htaccess. If I remove the DocumentRoot declaration, /server-status requests work fine, but then the site isn't available at all at http://localhost/.

How can I get http://localhost/server-status to work as well as the site to load at http://localhost/ ?

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Can you post the contents of /www/drupal5/.htaccess? Hopefully, it is possible to modify the rewrite rules so that requests for /server-status are not rewritten. – Steven Monday Oct 23 '10 at 1:19
The clarification I think I need is: is it possible for mod_rewrite to overwrite what happens to a /server-status path even though it's been handled in the <Location> – user58003 Oct 23 '10 at 1:29

Found the solution when I googled 'server-status mod_rewrite'. Coincidentally it was answered in a drupal forum:

Adding RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !=/server-status to the rewrite rule for redirecting all traffic to /index.php fixed it.

Very confusing that mod_rewrite can rewrite a uri that's already set a handler.

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Just add a blank vhost entry to the top of the vhost configuration file e.g.

<VirtualHost *:80>
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How would it solve the original question? – Pothi Oct 9 '13 at 7:21
Apache is defaulting to the OPs first named vhost, their Drupal install, instead of going to the server-status page. An empty vhost will stop the processing for /server-status from being sent to Drupal and allow the status page to load – xref Sep 11 '14 at 17:09
Thanks, this solved my issue :) – Roland Soós yesterday

If you're using Apache 2.3 or higher, you should also be able to use the END flag in your VirtualHost entry, to save having to modify the .htaccess files.

RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} /server-status
RewriteRule ^ - [END]

Should prevent the subsequent rules from rewriting things.

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