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“Pretty” Permalinks Aren’t Working: Resolved

by on May.22, 2009, under Uncategorized

questionI’ve been trying to get this blog adjusted to use “pretty” permalinks, so the URL of posts are readable, and its just not working.  It shouldn’t be this difficult.  [Update: See resolution after the link]

[Update:  Problem solved.  Everything in my original post was correct, but I didn’t have Apache’s httpd.conf file configured correctly.  After adding the following to httpd.conf and restarting Apache it began following the instruction that .htaccess was giving it.

<Directory /path/to/blogroot>
    Options FollowSymLinks
    AllowOverride All

I still don’t understand how .htaccess works.

end Update]

The two keys to doing it, as best as I can tell, are making sure mod_rewrite is enabled for Apache, and making sure .htaccess gets modified in the wordpress root folder.  I’ve verified both, but I still get File Not Found errors when I make a new post and try to go to it.  What I don’t understand is how the modifications to .htaccess are supposed to work.  No matter what alternative structure I choose for the permalink, the guts of .htaccess don’t change.

Set to the default structure, .htaccess is

# BEGIN WordPress
# END WordPress

When the structure is changed it becomes.

# BEGIN WordPress
<IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
RewriteEngine On
RewriteBase /wordpress/
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
RewriteRule . /wordpress/index.php [L]
# END WordPress

No matter what non-default structure I use, whether its /year/month/day/postname, or /year/month/postname, or /monkey/pinata/postname, that .htaccess file doesn’t change.  Neither does the index.php file mentioned within it.  So how is it supposed to work?

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