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I have the following virtual host file:

<IfModule !wsgi_module>
  LoadModule wsgi_module modules/
  WSGISocketPrefix run/wsgi

<VirtualHost *:80>
  RewriteEngine On
  RewriteLog "/var/log/httpd/rewrite_log"
  RewriteLogLevel 1
  RewriteCond %{HTTPS} off
  RewriteRule (.*) https://%{HTTP_HOST}%{REQUEST_URI} [R=301,NE,L]

<VirtualHost *:443>

  RewriteEngine  on
  RewriteRule    ^docs$  docs/  [R]
  # SSL & WSGI Setup

For some reason, My docs Rewrite rule isn't taking effect at all. Why is this? My HTTP-->HTTPS rewrite rule in the *:80 VirtualHost works properly. I am doing something really similar.

Does it have to do with having two different Rewrite rules in different VirtualHosts?

Any ideas?

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marked as duplicate by MadHatter, mdpc, Nixphoe, MichelZ, Jenny D May 13 '14 at 13:52

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@MadHatter I've read, and followed that guide. If you look at my rules, they conform with the documentation for mod_write. – darksky May 12 '14 at 22:46
Your question is tagged both apache-2.2 and apache-2.4. If you're running 2.4 you should go read the apache mod_rewrite docs again; there may habe been some changes. – Jenny D May 13 '14 at 13:52
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As per

What is matched?

In VirtualHost context, The Pattern will initially be matched against the part of the URL after the hostname and port, and before the query string (e.g. "/app1/index.html").

Your pattern is matching an exact URL of "docs". The actual URL is probably "/docs", so adding a "/" after the "^" may work:-

RewriteRule    ^/docs$  docs/  [R]
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