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I have a bunch of rewrite rules to redirect visits from domainX to domainY, however now I want show an index.html page when people visit domainX, but I still want all the other rewrite rules to apply.

I read on stackoverflow that I can just add something like this at the top:

RewriteRule  ^index.html  -  [L]

However it's not working. I'm not sure why. Any suggestions?

NOTE: Current rewrite config file is available here.

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It would help if you could post your current rewrite rules. Probably this is best solved with a RewriteCond, but it's hard to say what fits your configuration best if we don't know how it currently looks. – Jenny D Apr 3 '13 at 10:00
i have a TON of rules. >650 lines (redirecting all kinds of shop products. does it matter what comes after this? if this is at the top shouldn't it work? I'll post a few, but worry moderators will ban me for trying to advertise. – Max Hodges Apr 3 '13 at 10:03
No, that's enough! Thanks! – Jenny D Apr 3 '13 at 10:09

This would be my solution:

RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^(.*)$ [NC]
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !^/index.html$ [NC]
RewriteRule ^new-arrivals.html$ [L,R=301]

This means that all the following rules will only be used when the hostname is *, and the path is not /index.html.

Kudos to you for posting the actual config instead of munging it, it really makes it a great deal easier to help!

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do I need to insert that condition about /index.html before after every RewriteCond in my script? there are many of them further down. see here – Max Hodges Apr 3 '13 at 10:19
You'd only need that where there's a RewriteCond that would otherwise match, so from a quick glance I don't see that it should be necessary, since there's usually no query string used for index.html. – Jenny D Apr 3 '13 at 10:37
hum but is it not working nonetheless D: – Max Hodges Apr 3 '13 at 10:43
I would suggest you enable rewritelog. Your original suggestion should normally work. You need to find out why it isn't applied. Are these rewriterules in a .htaccess file, or in the httpd.conf (or an included file)? – Krist van Besien Apr 3 '13 at 13:33
btw, lookin at your rules they could probably be massively simplyfied by using a rewritemap... – Krist van Besien Apr 3 '13 at 13:39

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