I have this in my httpd.conf file:

<VirtualHost IP.AD.DR.ESS:80>
    ServerName example.com
    Redirect Permanent / https://example.net/

This is successfully redirecting everything formerly at http://example.com to its new corresponding location at https://example.net. However, I've discovered one directory, example.com/specialdir/, has to stay on the old server since the data it needs to access isn't on the new server. (It's going to take months to finish the migration involving a couple dozen other sites.)

Is there a reasonable way to fix this in httpd.conf or am I going to have to use a bunch of .htaccess files? I suspect there's something I can do with <Location> containers, but I don't know the right question to ask to find the information.

1 Answer 1


You can modify the Redirect directive to instead make use of a RedirectMatch and use a pattern excluding /specialdir:

RedirectMatch Permanent "^(/(?!specialdir/).*)" https://example.net/$1
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    You saved me from pulling out the rest of my hair ;) Jul 22, 2017 at 11:06
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    It works, but it was adding a double slash for some reason, so had to do it like: https://example.net$1
    – justabit
    Apr 22, 2018 at 3:37
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    I was getting double slashes as well. Plus had to exclude two folders, so I did this: RedirectMatch permanent "^(/(?!(files1/|files2/)).*)" https://www.example.com$1 Likewise word permanent can be replaced by 301 which is same, or with 302 which means temporary redirect. Thanks for the answer!
    – LuxZg
    Nov 25, 2020 at 9:15

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