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       redirect - simple redirection CGI program




       Three steps to set up a redirection:

       1. Make sure your web server is set up to allow CGI programs.

       2.  Make  a  symbolic  link  from  the  file  or  directory you want to
       redirect, pointing at this program in the CGI bin directory.

       3. Add an entry to the file ".redirects" in 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 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 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 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
       ( and  using  it  with  other  web
       servers  may  require  some  hacking.   A  possible  gotcha is with the
       symbolic link from the old file pointing at this script - servers other
       than thttpd may not allow that link to be run as a CGI program, because
       they don’t check the link to see that it points into  the  allowed  CGI




       It  would  be  really cool to have this program look for the .redirects
       file in the same directory as the file being redirected, instead of  in
       the  binaries  directory.  Unfortunately, this appears to be impossible
       with  the  information  CGI  gives,  plus  the   non-standardized   but
       widespread  practice of running CGI programs in the directory where the
       binary lives.  Perhaps CGI 1.2 will address this.

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


       Copyright  ©  1995  by  Jef  Poskanzer <>.  All rights

                               23 September 1995                   redirect(8)