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I am working on a site where I do not have permission to access the server config and someone else keeps changing the settings. That person just changed the settings preventing users from going to example.com/foo/ and seeing the index page.

This Virtual Directory does not allow contents to be listed.

If you type in example.com/foo/index.html you can still see the file.

So I want to use .htaccess to redirect all URLs that end in a directory to directory/index.html. How do I write that?

I started with some code that changes .php files to .html files and tried to work from that but I couldn't quite get it to work.

RewriteRule ^(.*)\.php$ /$1.html [R=301,L]

Any suggestions?

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What you're looking for is not a mod_rewrite directive - take a look at the Apache mod_dir documentation - something like this should be a good start for your .htaccess file:

DirectoryIndex index.php index.html index.htm

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