I have a list of rewrite rules stored in my website's .htaccess file, rewriting URL's like http://example.com/cloud/something to http://example.com/cloud/index.php?page=something.

These rules worked perfectly when I was on a server with Apache 2.4.7, however I'm now working on a server with Apache 2.2.22 (not my choice) and for some reason these rules do not work.

htaccess file:

RewriteEngine On
RewriteBase /cloud/

RewriteCond %{THE_REQUEST} \ /+cloud/(?:index\.php|)\?page=([^&]+)/(&|\ |$)
RewriteRule ^ %1/ [L,R]

RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
RewriteRule ^(.+)$ index.php?page=$1 [L,QSA]

Whenever I'm trying to access a page with its explicit URL (index.php?page=something) it's working, however trying the short way results in a 404 Page Not Found response.

I checked Apache's error.log file and saw that every time I tried to access one of these URL's a new error appeared:

[error] [client] Negotiation: discovered file(s) matching request: /var/www/cloud/settings (None could be negotiated)

What might be the problem? Why isn't it working?


This error seems to be caused by MultiViews. Check your central apache configuration and remove the MultiViews directive for this directory and it should work.

Source: http://www.bennadel.com/blog/2218-negotiation-discovered-file-s-matching-request-none-could-be-negotiated.htm


For me this was caused by a symlink in the path being redirected to.

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