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Suppose I have a portal which has subdomains like, and suppose a user, say user1 has a domain -

Can user1 create a subdomain - which will point to the existing

I know I can redirect it but that's not what I am looking for.

Explaining my problem a bit more.

i have a rails app running on apache and passenger, on a machine with ip say, to which is pointed to.

suppose i am creating a new subdomain called which will serve a couple of static pages from the same rails app, can i do something so that the requests to is served from this same app ?

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You can point it at that address or use CNAME records (or DNAME, but they don't behave like you would normally want them to). Domains can point wherever; something being a subdomain really has no bearing except on where you look to resolve it.

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Thank you falcon, i have edited my question to explain a bit more about my problem. – Krishnaprasad Varma May 7 '12 at 4:11

Yes, you can. A domain can be pointed to any IP address, regardless of what else may be pointing to the same address.

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If you want to do this with least effort, then you just need to match on 'user1' (the string common to both domains). But you need to plan for how to deal with users called 'www' and 'com'.


RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} \.user1\..
RewriteRule ^/(.*)$  /home/user1/www/$1 [L]

And set the virtualhost as '*:80'

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thank you for this snippet . hope it helps one or the other way – Krishnaprasad Varma May 7 '12 at 4:24

I think you have two issues here:

1) Point the to the same ip of or with a CNAME

2) Setup a VirtualHost in Apache to server the same rails app for the two domains names. Just like this:

ServerName ServerAlias

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