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How do I redirect:

/text1 to /


/test2 to /something/else

I tried putting:

rewrite ^ /test1 /
rewrite ^ /test2 /something/else

Inside the server {}

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What sort of redirect? Do you want it to match subpaths? If so, what do you want to do with them (discard or preserve)? – womble Jun 25 '12 at 15:40
there are not going to be any subpaths, exact matches only. Just very simple redirection. if /test1 then goto / or if /test2 go to /thispath. Actually examples with subpaths preserved and discarded would be nice to (for me to learn by example) – user80666 Jun 25 '12 at 15:42
But what do you mean by "go to"? – womble Jun 25 '12 at 15:43
someone types in, server sends redirect header and redirects them to / . – user80666 Jun 25 '12 at 15:47
What response code? – womble Jun 25 '12 at 15:57
up vote 1 down vote accepted

Just get rid of the space after the ^, and add the required ;:

rewrite ^/test1$ /;
rewrite ^/test2$ /something/else;

The $ characters denote the end of the string. Get rid of them if you want /test1/blah to match as well as /test1.

Edit: To send a redirect response to the browser add either redirect (for a 302 response) or permanent (for a 301 response) as a flag to your rewrite lines:

rewrite ^/test1$ / permanent;
rewrite ^/test2$ /something/else permanent;
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Should these go into a specific location {} or just simply under server {} ? – user80666 Jun 25 '12 at 15:44
They work in either context. And I have the same clarifying question as womble - are you looking to have this send a redirection response to the user so that the URL in their address bar changes, or keep /test2 in their address bar but serve the content from /something/else? – Shane Madden Jun 25 '12 at 15:46
Yes, I would like the url in browser to change to / and /somethingelse respectively – user80666 Jun 25 '12 at 15:53
@user80666 See edit. – Shane Madden Jun 25 '12 at 15:58
That works thank you. One problem I noticed however, is that if I change the redirection url and restart the server browser still remembers the old redirection address, almost like it's cached. Is there anything I can do to prevent browsers cacheing the redirection url? – user80666 Jun 25 '12 at 16:15

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