htaccess and symlinks

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mugenmonkey / 15 Points
2012-11-11 4:48 pm EST
I really am not sure what im doing wrong here but symlinks do not seem to be working for me. At least not now. And the error log isnt much help.

Anyways, I am trying to create a url shortening service to go along with my website since it uses shortened urls quite often. I am trying to make it like tinyurl/bitly in that redirects to
then that script makes the request to the database, pulls up the link and redirects.

the htaccess file is set up as

Options +FollowSymlinks
RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI}\/([0-9a-z]*)$ [NC,C]
RewriteRule (.*) url.php?url=%1 [L]

Any help or suggestions would be appreciated.

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16,266 Points
2012-11-12 10:51 am EST
Hello mugenmonkey,

While I cannot get the sample links to allow me to see the results, it does appear that the htaccess code you gave is slightly off.

The RewriteRule line will need $ in place of the %.

After changing that, I still do not see any display on the screen, even with the destination URL in play. You may also want to check the php script to see if it is working correctly.

Best Regards,
Scott M

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