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Old 5th February 2013, 01:08
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Default Apache directives & front controller pattern

I'm wondering what directives to write to my apache 2 virtual hosts so as to start using a design based on the front controller pattern.

To be more precise, my ajax requests would update the url hash fragment resulting in urls shown to user as:
Code:
http://www.mysite.com/#!/path/to/data&ui=123&var=456&id=2714
containing links of the form:
Code:
<a id="123" href="/#!/path/to/data&ui=123&var=456&id=2714">link</a>
or using the Hijax technique:
Code:
<a id="123" href="index.php?/path/to/data&ui=123&var=456&id=2714">link</a> 
(javascript handles all behavior of links)
But as google instructs here the crawler will make the following request TO the server:
Code:
http://www.mysite.com/?_escaped_fragment_=/path/to/data&ui=123&var=456&id=2714
or using the Hijax technique (nothing new here):
Code:
http://www.mysite.com/index.php?/path/to/data&ui=123&var=456&id=2714
and the server SHOULD map these back to their ajax form plus a snapshot of the page!

As you can see, one immediate solution comes from the front controller pattern: send all external requests of the form:
Code:
http://www.mysite.com/whatever/you/like
to
Code:
http://www.mysite.com/index.php?/whatever/you/like
and also force the user to see the new ajax version:
Code:
http://www.mysite.com/#!/whatever/you/like
How can I do such generalized redirection in apache2?

Thanks!
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