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I've got a domain name,, which I've linked to using this .htaccess file:

RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^(www.)?$
RewriteRule ^(/)?$ blog [L]

Now when I go to, I'm redirected to Is it possible to write a .htaccess rule so that I can avoid the subdirectory name appearing in the new address?

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Try this one

RewriteRule ^(.*)$ /blog/$1 [L]

I would suggest you to create a virtual host for and point the document root to /blog/ directory

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It's giving me a 500 error. I'm no good at .htaccess syntax so I can't tell what's going wrong. In what way does a virtual host help? Less for Apache to sort through? – lowercasename Oct 24 '12 at 6:00
What is your operating system/web server? – Hex Oct 24 '12 at 6:02
Heh... I'm using Apache2 on a Raspberry Pi, Raspbian OS. So for all intents and purposes it's Debian, just with an ARM processor. It's a toy server, of course, but it's had no hiccups yet. – lowercasename Oct 24 '12 at 6:04
Bam. Adding this line after the RewriteRule fixed it: RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !^/blog Which is odd - I don't know why it was still trying to redirect into the subdirectory, I was forcing it to go from Anyway, that's sorted. Thank you! – lowercasename Oct 24 '12 at 6:19
Im happy it worked for you :) – Hex Oct 24 '12 at 12:03

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