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There are plenty of examples here of how to redirect to, but I'm looking for a generic version, so the same htacess code would also work to redirect to and to I'm sure this exists (indeed, I have a vague memory I've done it before, somewhere), but I'm fairly unfamiliar with htaccess regex.

I need a way to match the condition HTTP_HOST does not begin with www..

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#Enable RewriteEngine
RewriteEngine On

# For a way to check HTTP_HOST not beginning with www:    
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} !^www [nc]

# As ! don't set backreferences we use this to match the hostname we need
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^(.*)$ [nc]

# For the Redirect itself:
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://%1/$1 [R=301,L]
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This is breaking on me, redirecting to http:///. Could this be because I have a three-part domain name ( to – TRiG Nov 8 '10 at 13:02
I think the backreference to %1 did not work correctly. You might try with the updated code snippet. – pacey Nov 8 '10 at 13:17
Thanks. I'll test that as soon as I can. (FTP server is down right now.) – TRiG Nov 10 '10 at 12:04

Look at this question on stackoverflow.

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