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A client had an application at www.domain.com/dir. They have now set up a subdomain at dir.domain.com. The subdomain references the files stored at www.domain.com/dir. They'd now like people accessing www.domain.com/dir to be redirected to dir.domain.com.

I'm guessing I need a .htaccess to sit in www.domain.com/dir and if it's accessed via with www, redirect to the subdomain, just not sure of the syntax.

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Add a .htacess to the directory belonging to www.domain.com/dir:

RewriteEngine on
RewriteCond ${HTTP_HOST} ^www\.domain\.com$
RewriteRule ^(.*) http://dir.domain.com/$1 [R,L]

The first line enables mod_rewrite, the second line checks that the current request is using hostname www.domain.com to access the resource, and the third line redirects all such requests to the desired target hostname.

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[R] yields 302 Moved Temporarily. You may want to use [R=301] to get 301 Moved Permanently. –  Arjan Sep 8 '09 at 20:09
Do it the 302 way until you're sure it's working, then switch to the 301. –  TRiG Jul 4 '11 at 10:51

djhowell was almost there:

RewriteEngine on
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^(www\.)?domain\.com$
RewriteRule ^/dir(/.*)?$ http://dir.domain.com$1 [R=301,L]

You need the leading slash in the RewriteRule or nothing will match. The (/.*)?$ bit means match 0 or 1 slash-then-anything chunks then then end of the URI. (This is important -- without it we'd also match www.domain.com/dirsomethingelse).

  • www.domain.com/dir -> dir.domain.com
  • www.domain.com/dir/ -> dir.domain.com/
  • www.domain.com/dir/blah.html -> dir.domain.com/blah.html
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@earl had the .htaccess inside the /dir folder, so it basically does the same. (Except for making the www.-part optional.) –  Arjan Sep 8 '09 at 23:28
Yep, didn't notice that. We seldom use .htaccess so I'm always thinking of the main configuration file. –  markdrayton Sep 9 '09 at 7:27
Using .htaccess in this case saves you the trouble of having to match /dir/ explicitly. –  earl Sep 9 '09 at 18:11

What about simply:

Redirect /dir http://dir.domain.com
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Try this rule in a .htaccess file in your /dir directory:

RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} !=dir.example.com
RewriteRule .* http://dir.example.com/$0 [L,R=301]

Or this rule in your root directory:

RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} !=dir.example.com
RewriteRule ^dir(/(.*))?$ http://dir.example.com/$2 [L,R=301]
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This should work:

RewriteEngine on
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^(www\.)?domain\.com$
RewriteRule ^dir/(.*) http://dir.domain.com/$1 [R=301,L]
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