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I've been moving some rewrites from .htaccess to our vhost_ssl.conf file. Most are working fine, except ones that utilize our ecommerce platform.

We use Miva Merchant as our ecommerce platform, which uses its own handler for .mvc files. When I do a rewrite to a .mvc file, Apache (or nginx or something) complains...

AddType application/x-miva-compiled .mvc
Action application/x-miva-compiled /cgi-bin/mivavm

RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} ^/t3
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} (/$|\.)
RewriteRule (.*) /mm5/merchant.mvc

Result in browser when I visit example.com/t3/:

Unable to execute 't3/': No such file or directory

Rewrites to "normal" files like .htm or .php work just fine. I have a limited understanding of these sorts of things, but it seems to me that the server doesn't understand what to do with the .mvc destination file..? Any suggestions are appreciated!

EDIT: Just wanted to point out that direct visits to .mvc files work fine, so the server does understand what to do. It seems like something about the rewrite confuses things.

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This turned out to be that my rewrites needed the PT (passthrough) flag added, for example:

RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} ^/t3
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} (/$|\.)
RewriteRule (.*) /mm5/merchant.mvc [PT]

There was a ScriptAlias on our cgi-bin directory, which made the the PT flag necessary. The PT flag is implied in the .htaccess file but not in vhost. See https://httpd.apache.org/docs/2.4/rewrite/flags.html#flag_pt for details.

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