2009/6/2 Skip Evans <s...@bigskypenguin.com>

> Hey all,
> The original programmer created the following in the system's .htaccess
> file:
> RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
> RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
> RewriteRule .* index.php
> ...which sends any incorrect URL to the home page, correct?

It rewrites any request for a non-existent file or directory to index.php.

The first url  (http://www.ranghart.com/cgi-bin/?D=A) requests the cgi-bin
directory. Presumably this directory exists in some form which would prevent
your rewrite rule from firing, but access to the directory is denied - hence
the 403 FORBIDDEN.

The second url (http://www.ranghart.com/cgi-bin/%3fD=A) requests a file
called /cgi-bin/?D=A. This file genuinely doesn't exist so the url gets
rewritten to index.php - hence your 200 OK response.


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