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How do I go about automatically redirect any link of the type www.example.com to example.com.

I would like to do this for all link that hits the varnish instance (so i don't have to individually define the value for all domain that hits the server).

I tried using the following:

if(req.http.host ~ "^www\.(.+)$"){
    set req.http.host = regsub(req.http.host, "^www\.", "");

It works, but the problem with that is it's hitting the right backend, but it's not redirecting. I understand from here: https://www.varnish-cache.org/vmod/redirect you can redirect to a url, but I am not sure how to get the "full" url from varnish to strip out the www and redirect.

Any help would be appreciated!

Thanks a lot!


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What you are doing there is an internal rewrite and not a redirect. In order to redirect you are going to have to send a 301 back to the client. –  Patrick James McDougle Oct 24 '12 at 20:17

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Varnish does not have a native mechanism for redirection from vcl_recv(). Instead you have to throw an error from vcl_recv() to be caught in vcl_error(). This is because vcl_recv() doesn't have access to the response object. You can read about how this is done. Below is my attempt at an answer in terms of your situation.

In vcl_recv():

if (req.http.host ~ "^www\.") {
  error 750 regsub(req.http.host, "^www\.(.*)", "http://\1"); //Capture everything after the www. and place it after a http://

In vcl_error():

if (obj.status == 750) {
    set obj.http.Location = obj.response;
    set obj.status = 302;
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