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I'm running a magento installation on an apache server. There are many pages indexed in both google and linked to from external sites.

I can't use 301 redirects in a .htaccess file as I can't be sure I will catch all the links. At the moment all requests are rewritten through magento and if a request isn't found magento returns a 404 File not Found.
Is there a way of using one of the apache modules to filter the response* from magento and if a 404 Not Found is being sent back then replace the response with a standard 301 Redirect to the home page?


Request to Magento --> Apache --> Rewrite to Magento index.php page --> page processed.

Response if request exists --> return results (200) if request doesn't exist --> return 404 --> apache filter change response --> return 301 redirect to /

I appreciate any help.



  • as far as I am aware mod_rewrite is only used to rewrite requests and doesn't allow the modification of responses.
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You might want to ask over on webmasters.stackexchange.com but I'm not sure this is a good idea. Instead you should modify your 404 page to have helpful information for someone to find the correct information. If you must do it, you could have magento/php return the 301 directly. –  matthew Feb 28 '11 at 23:03

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mod_rewrite is the answer. it can be used to return a specific response (301 among them) based on a set of conditions - say, wether the requested content exists or not, which will, essentially, result in replacing 404 with 301.

If you provide modre details about your existing config and data, I will be able to give you an example of a specific rewrite rule that will work for you. Otherwise, please refer to Apache's documentation of mod_rewrite - it's quite extensive, alhtough alittle bit dry :)

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