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I am trying to redirect all requests for my default language (nl) to /nl..... (without showing the redirect to the user). So should redirect to without visibly altering the url in the browser. Here is what I tried:

    RewriteEngine On
    RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !^/en.*
    RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !^/nl.*
    RewriteRule ^(.*)$  nl$1 [R,L]

The redirect is visible to the user (/nl/index.php) and in addition it results in a 'too many redirect'.

If I try [P,L] I get: no permission to access '\' on this server.

What is the correct way to achieve what I want?

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There's shouldn't be an [R] after the RewriteRule as this tells Apache to send a 302 redirect rather than internally rewriting the URL.

The second part of the RewriteRule should start with a slash unless this is in a Directory context (such as in a .htaccess file or a <Directory > block). Without the slash, you are rewriting the URL to something like http://example.comnl/index.php rather than

RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !^/en.*
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !^/nl.*
RewriteRule ^(.*)$  /nl$1 [L]
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I then get: Internal Server Error and in my log: Request exceeded the limit of 10 internal redirects due to probable configuration error. r->uri = /index.php redirected from r->uri = /index.php redirected from r->uri = /index.php ... redirected from r->uri = / – zensys Jan 17 '13 at 12:33
Is this the only rewrite rule you have in your configuration? The above rules and even your original rules are not able to cause that redirect to happen. – Ladadadada Jan 17 '13 at 13:03
there was another rule which caused the trouble, it works now, thanks! – zensys Jan 17 '13 at 15:34

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