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redirect(8)                                                        redirect(8)

       redirect - simple redirection CGI program


       Three steps to set(7,n,1 builtins) up a redirection:

       1. Make sure your web server is set(7,n,1 builtins) up to allow CGI programs.

       2.  Make  a  symbolic link(1,2) from the file(1,n) or directory you want to redi-
       rect, pointing at this program in(1,8) the CGI bin directory.

       3. Add an entry to the file(1,n) ".redirects" in(1,8) the  directory  where  your
       http server runs CGI programs.  For most servers, this is the directory
       where the given CGI program lives.  The format of the file(1,n) is  a  bunch
       of lines with a filename, whitespace, and the new URL.  For example:
       The  easiest  way  to  figure  out  precisely what filename to put into
       .redirects is to set(7,n,1 builtins) up the symlink and then click on it.   You'll  get
       back  a "404 Not Found" page which includes the filename as received by
       the redirect program, and that's what you want to use.

       You can also add a wildcard specification to redirect whole  groups  of
       files.  For example:
       will cause an access(2,5) to the /wildtest/somefile.html to be redirected to (Note that  the  asterisk  need
       not be preceded by a slash.)

       Note:   this   is   designed   for   thttpd  (
       ware/thttpd/) and using it with other  web  servers  may  require  some
       hacking.  A possible gotcha is with the symbolic link(1,2) from the old file(1,n)
       pointing at this script - servers other than thttpd may not allow  that
       link(1,2)  to  be run as a CGI program, because they don't check the link(1,2) to
       see that it points into the allowed CGI directory.


       It would be really cool to have this program look(1,8,3 Search::Dict)  for  the  .redirects
       file(1,n)  in(1,8) the same directory as the file(1,n) being redirected, instead of in(1,8)
       the binaries directory.  Unfortunately, this appears to  be  impossible
       with  the  information  CGI  gives, plus the non-standardized but wide-
       spread practice of running CGI programs  in(1,8)  the  directory  where  the
       binary lives.  Perhaps CGI 1.2 will address this.

       The  wildcard  mechanism is very primitive.  In particular, any charac-
       ters that follow the asterisk are blithely ignored.

       Copyright  1995 by Jef Poskanzer <>.  All rights reserved.

                               23 September 1995                   redirect(8)

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