I currently have an ErrorDocument directive defined inside my .htaccess file:

ErrorDocument 404 /site/error.php

Now if I go to a non-existent page like this on my site it works fine:


However if I try go to a non-existent directory, the directive doesn't work


tries to find the document:


which of course doesn't exist. I've searched online and all sources indicate the second example above should go to the correct file (because the leading / in the directive makes it relative to the web root), but this is apparently not the case.

I am running on Ubuntu, thanks!


.htaccess files are evaluated relative to the directory that was requested. This is also true of directives inside <Directory > blocks inside your main configuration.

The simplest solution would be to move the ErrorDocument directive into your main Apache configuration instead of the .htaccess file.

  • +1 Thanks, this is exactly what I was looking for! – user491704 Dec 28 '11 at 19:26

Try disabling all modules. Try apache2ctl configtest. Post your apache2.conf.

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