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I am definitely new to mod-rewrite stuff.

Note:- here the URL is common, and all the folders and subfolders on same host.

The url a user uses to access their page is http://myurl.com/1234/filename.jpg

Here the name of the subfolder is an integer is unique and generated dynamically by another application.

The subfolder stores images specific to an individual user.

So the folder structure is as follows

main1 = document root
main2 is another folder within main1 or document root.

/main1/1234/filename.jpg
/main1/5678/filename.jpg
/main1/2345/filename.jpg
/main1/1212/filename.jpg
/main1/main2/2367/filename.jpg
/main1/main2/8790/filename.jpg
/main1/main2/9966/filename.jpg

So, I want to write a rewrite a rule so that if a user tries to type in

http://myurl.com/1234/filename.jpg,

the rewrite rule will need to look where the file is and serve the request; so for request http:/myurl.com/1234/filename.jpg the actual page is located at /main1/1234/filename.jpg and then need to serve that page from that folder.

So, if another users makes a request as http://myurl.com/9966/filename.jpg, it should serve the page from the following destination /main1/main2/9966/filename.jpg

Please let me know if the question is still not clear.

This is what i have done so far and does not work at all.

RewriteCond         {DOCUMENT_ROOT}/%{REQUEST_FILENAME}  -f
RewriteRule  ^(.*)$ {DOCUMENT_ROOT}/$1  [L]  
RewriteCond         {DOCUMENT_ROOT}/main2/%{REQUEST_FILENAME}  -f
RewriteRule  ^(.*)$ {DOCUMENT_ROOT}/main2/$1  [L]

any help is really grateful

EDIT @ShaneMadden please find the details The config is located in the .htaccess file; please find the .htaccess details

RewriteEngine on 
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} ^/main1/\/. 
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f 
RewriteRule ^(main1)(/\/.+)$ $1/main2/\$2

EDIT:

Olivier, thanks for helping me. please find the details as below..

httpd.conf

DocumentRoot  "/WebServer/Documents"

Directory Listing

ls -lRt /WebServer/Documents/

-rw-r--r--   index.html 
-rw-r--r--   .htaccess
drwxrwxrwx main1
drwxrwxrwx 456231 (Is a folder)


./WebServer/Documents/main1/:
drwxrwxrwx 566432

./WebServer/Documents/456231/:
-rwxrwxrwx  one.jpg

./WebServer/Documents/main1/566432:
-rwxrwxrwx one.jpg

.htaccess Files

RewriteEngine on

RewriteCond  %{DOCUMENT_ROOT}/%{REQUEST_FILENAME}  -f
RewriteRule  (.*) %{DOCUMENT_ROOT}/$1  [L]
RewriteCond  %{DOCUMENT_ROOT}/main1/%{REQUEST_FILENAME}  -f
RewriteRule  (.*) %{DOCUMENT_ROOT}/main1/$1  [L]

Access URL's --> http://localhost:80/

::1 - - [26/Nov/2011:10:52:54 +0000] [localhost/sid#10090f128][rid#1009918a8/initial] (3) [perdir /WebServer/Documents/] strip per-dir prefix: /WebServer/Documents/ -> 
::1 - - [26/Nov/2011:10:52:54 +0000] [localhost/sid#10090f128][rid#1009918a8/initial] (3) [perdir /WebServer/Documents/] applying pattern '(.*)' to uri ''
::1 - - [26/Nov/2011:10:52:54 +0000] [localhost/sid#10090f128][rid#1009918a8/initial] (4) [perdir /WebServer/Documents/] RewriteCond: input='/WebServer/Documents//WebServer/Documents/' pattern='-f' => not-matched
::1 - - [26/Nov/2011:10:52:54 +0000] [localhost/sid#10090f128][rid#1009918a8/initial] (3) [perdir /WebServer/Documents/] strip per-dir prefix: /WebServer/Documents/ -> 
::1 - - [26/Nov/2011:10:52:54 +0000] [localhost/sid#10090f128][rid#1009918a8/initial] (3) [perdir /WebServer/Documents/] applying pattern '(.*)' to uri ''
::1 - - [26/Nov/2011:10:52:54 +0000] [localhost/sid#10090f128][rid#1009918a8/initial] (4) [perdir /WebServer/Documents/] RewriteCond: input='/WebServer/Documents/main1//WebServer/Documents/' pattern='-f' => not-matched
::1 - - [26/Nov/2011:10:52:54 +0000] [localhost/sid#10090f128][rid#1009918a8/initial] (1) [perdir /WebServer/Documents/] pass through /WebServer/Documents/
::1 - - [26/Nov/2011:10:52:54 +0000] [localhost/sid#10090f128][rid#10099c8a8/subreq] (3) [perdir /WebServer/Documents/] strip per-dir prefix: /WebServer/Documents/index.html -> index.html
::1 - - [26/Nov/2011:10:52:54 +0000] [localhost/sid#10090f128][rid#10099c8a8/subreq] (3) [perdir /WebServer/Documents/] applying pattern '(.*)' to uri 'index.html'
::1 - - [26/Nov/2011:10:52:54 +0000] [localhost/sid#10090f128][rid#10099c8a8/subreq] (4) [perdir /WebServer/Documents/] RewriteCond: input='/WebServer/Documents//WebServer/Documents/index.html' pattern='-f' => not-matched
::1 - - [26/Nov/2011:10:52:54 +0000] [localhost/sid#10090f128][rid#10099c8a8/subreq] (3) [perdir /WebServer/Documents/] strip per-dir prefix: /WebServer/Documents/index.html -> index.html
::1 - - [26/Nov/2011:10:52:54 +0000] [localhost/sid#10090f128][rid#10099c8a8/subreq] (3) [perdir /WebServer/Documents/] applying pattern '(.*)' to uri 'index.html'
::1 - - [26/Nov/2011:10:52:54 +0000] [localhost/sid#10090f128][rid#10099c8a8/subreq] (4) [perdir /WebServer/Documents/] RewriteCond: input='/WebServer/Documents/main1//WebServer/Documents/index.html' pattern='-f' => not-matched
::1 - - [26/Nov/2011:10:52:54 +0000] [localhost/sid#10090f128][rid#10099c8a8/subreq] (1) [perdir /WebServer/Documents/] pass through /WebServer/Documents/index.html

2.) http://localhost:80/566432/one.jpg

::1 - - [26/Nov/2011:10:59:28 +0000] [localhost/sid#10090f128][rid#1009918a8/initial] (3) [perdir /WebServer/Documents/] add path info postfix: /WebServer/Documents/566432 -> /WebServer/Documents/566432/one.jpg
::1 - - [26/Nov/2011:10:59:28 +0000] [localhost/sid#10090f128][rid#1009918a8/initial] (3) [perdir /WebServer/Documents/] strip per-dir prefix: /WebServer/Documents/566432/one.jpg -> 566432/one.jpg
::1 - - [26/Nov/2011:10:59:28 +0000] [localhost/sid#10090f128][rid#1009918a8/initial] (3) [perdir /WebServer/Documents/] applying pattern '(.*)' to uri '566432/one.jpg'
::1 - - [26/Nov/2011:10:59:28 +0000] [localhost/sid#10090f128][rid#1009918a8/initial] (4) [perdir /WebServer/Documents/] RewriteCond: input='/WebServer/Documents//WebServer/Documents/566432' pattern='-f' => not-matched
::1 - - [26/Nov/2011:10:59:28 +0000] [localhost/sid#10090f128][rid#1009918a8/initial] (3) [perdir /WebServer/Documents/] add path info postfix: /WebServer/Documents/566432 -> /WebServer/Documents/566432/one.jpg
::1 - - [26/Nov/2011:10:59:28 +0000] [localhost/sid#10090f128][rid#1009918a8/initial] (3) [perdir /WebServer/Documents/] strip per-dir prefix: /WebServer/Documents/566432/one.jpg -> 566432/one.jpg
::1 - - [26/Nov/2011:10:59:28 +0000] [localhost/sid#10090f128][rid#1009918a8/initial] (3) [perdir /WebServer/Documents/] applying pattern '(.*)' to uri '566432/one.jpg'
::1 - - [26/Nov/2011:10:59:28 +0000] [localhost/sid#10090f128][rid#1009918a8/initial] (4) [perdir /WebServer/Documents/] RewriteCond: input='/WebServer/Documents/main1//WebServer/Documents/566432' pattern='-f' => not-matched
::1 - - [26/Nov/2011:10:59:28 +0000] [localhost/sid#10090f128][rid#1009918a8/initial] (1) [perdir /WebServer/Documents/] pass through /WebServer/Documents/566432
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Are the integers split specifically between the two places (ex: 0000-4999 in main1, 5000-9999 in main2)? Or is there only a few dozen integers? If so would be possible to create rewrite rules, otherwise I don't think rewrite rules can actually check the existence of a file like this. Why do you have the content split into two directories like this anyways? –  uesp Nov 23 '11 at 17:48
    
Actually, it looks like it is possible: see stackoverflow.com/questions/6969106/… –  uesp Nov 23 '11 at 17:49
    
those integers are random numbers and are folder names. They are not split in any specific order. The folder names which are basically integers are randomly generated on a daily basis from on another application. It is the application logic which requires to split the folders into 2 directories, that is the way the setup is. I was looking for options as i found this article for something i wanted to achieve ; but could not succeed much httpd.apache.org/docs/2.0/rewrite/rewrite_guide.html The Section "Search pages in more than one directory" is the one i was trying to achieve.. –  prb Nov 23 '11 at 17:53
    
i shall try that. thank you. –  prb Nov 23 '11 at 18:05
    
i tried but still does not work, any more help please? RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} ^/main1/\/. RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f RewriteRule ^(main1)(/\/.+)$ $1/main2$2 –  prb Nov 23 '11 at 18:18

1 Answer 1

You almost did it!!

You forgot the "%" !!

And ^(.*)$ alone is the same as (.*) so here's what should work:

RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond  %{DOCUMENT_ROOT}/%{REQUEST_FILENAME}  -f
RewriteRule  (.*) %{DOCUMENT_ROOT}/$1  [L]  
RewriteCond  %{DOCUMENT_ROOT}/main2/%{REQUEST_FILENAME}  -f
RewriteRule  (.*) %{DOCUMENT_ROOT}/main2/$1  [L]

Tell me if it works ;)

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I tried but still does not work.. –  prb Nov 24 '11 at 9:44
    
I think that might work if you remove the %{DOCUMENT_ROOT} from the RewriteRule (you may also need to remove it from the RewriteCond). –  Ladadadada Nov 24 '11 at 10:54
    
tried that as well, not working. –  prb Nov 24 '11 at 11:26
    
one more thing, i have enabled logging and notice that the lookup it is doing is incorrect, would you be able to advice what needs changing here? RewriteCond: input='/main1/one.html/main2/' pattern='-f' => not-matched –  prb Nov 24 '11 at 11:45
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could you please add your logs to your question (with the URLs you're typing in the browser)? –  Olivier Pons Nov 24 '11 at 20:41

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