[SOLVED: See solution below.]

I'm having a problem writing a RewriteMap program (using Python). I have a RewriteMap directive pointing to a Python script which determines if the requested URL needs to be redirected elsewhere.

When the script outputs a string terminated by a linebreak, Apache redirects accordingly. However, when the script outputs NULL (with no linebreak), Apache hangs and subsequent HTTP requests are effectively ignored.

The error log shows no errors. The rewrite log only shows a pass through followed by a redirect when successful, then only pass through when NULL is returned by the script. Subsequent requests also only show pass through.

Additionally, replacing stdout with os.fdopen(sys.stdout.fileno(), 'w', 0) to set buffer length to zero did not help.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance.


RewriteLock /tmp/apache_rewrite.lock


<VirtualHost *:80>
  RewriteEngine on
  RewriteLogLevel 1
  RewriteLog /var/www/logs/rewrite.log
  RewriteMap remap prg:/var/www/remap.py


RewriteEngine on
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
RewriteRule (.*_.*) /${remap:$1} [R=301]



import sys

def getRedirect(str):
  new_url = None
  # if url needs to be redirected, put this value in new_url
  # otherwise new_url remains None
  return new_url

while True:
  request = sys.stdin.readline().strip()
  response = getRedirect(request)
  if response:
    sys.stdout.write(response + '\n')


The best solution I've come up with thus far is to have the RewriteMap script return the new url or 'NULL__\n' and store this value in a ENV variable. Then, check the ENV variable for !__NULL and redirect. See solution below.

Written by Andrew Ashbacher

Accepted Answer

You have to return a single newline, not 'NULL'.

Apache waits for a newline to know when the URL to be rewrite to ends. If your script sends no newline, Apache waits forever.

So just change return ('NULL') to return ('NULL\n'), this will then redirect to /. If you don't want this to happen, have the program to return the URL you want when there's no match in the map.

If you want not to redirect when there's no match I would:

RewriteEngine on
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
RewriteCond (${remap:$1}) !NULL
RewriteRule (.*_.*) /%1 [R=301]

Use a match in the RewriteCond (this would work with NULL as well, of course). But given your problem, this looks like the proper solution.

Written by Vinko Vrsalovic
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