I moved my wiki from




and now i want to redirect the URL with mod_rewrite. My .htaccess is as follows:

# BEGIN WordPress
<IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
RewriteEngine On
RewriteBase /
RewriteRule ^/wiki/doku.php/(.*)$ http://logicpuzzle.square7.de/$1 [R,NC,L]
RewriteRule ^index\.php$ - [L]
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
RewriteRule . /index.php [L]

# END WordPress

I don't understand why it does not work :-(

Any hints?

  • Are you definitely using an Apache server? If not, .htaccess may not even be in use. If you rename .htaccess, does your site break?
    – zigojacko
    Mar 29, 2013 at 11:04
  • Yes, the server is Apache/2.4 and according to the forum mod_rewrite is active.
    – Josef
    Mar 29, 2013 at 11:42
  • After renaming to .htaccess2 nothing special happens. Why should this break the page?
    – Josef
    Mar 29, 2013 at 11:54
  • Got it! The problem is the leading slash. RewriteRule ^wiki/doku.php/(.*)$ http://logicpuzzle.square7.de/$1 [R,NC,L] works.
    – Josef
    Mar 29, 2013 at 12:19
  • Nice one. Please answer your own question with the solution :)
    – zigojacko
    Mar 29, 2013 at 12:52

1 Answer 1


The leading slash is evil! ;-) The slash is part of RewriteBase.

Changing the RewriteRule to

RewriteRule ^wiki/doku.php/(.*)$ http://logicpuzzle.square7.de/$1 [R=301,NC,L]

works as desired.

  • "The slash is part of RewriteBase" - Just to clarify, the leading slash on the RewriteRule pattern has nothing to do with RewriteBase. In per-directory .htaccess files, the RewriteRule pattern matches against the filesystem/URL path after having removed the directory-prefix. The directory-prefix is the filesystem path of the .htaccess file and always ends with a slash, so the URL-path that matches never starts with a slash.
    – MrWhite
    Dec 18, 2015 at 1:36

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