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Wildcard DNS: DirectoryIndex breaks for subdomains

Discussion in 'Bind / DNS / Nameserver Issues' started by offtone, Jan 25, 2009.

  1. offtone

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    Alright, here's the setup: I've got *DNS enabled on two servers. On one, I hacked the httpd.conf and replaced


    On the other, I simply added * as a subdomain through cPanel (after realising I could actually do that. Handy trick, that.)

    Now, server 1 (the hacked httpd.conf server) is the one I used to be on, and I had a fancy little subdomain setup that leveraged mod_rewrite to redirect to This works on both servers just fine. The problem, though, is this:

    In my .htaccess file for, I have this:

    So this basically gets rid of those hideous Apache indexes. Simple stuff, really. However, on the new server with the * subdomain, it doesn't work. shows this error:

    Wait, what? /subdomains/user/draw_index.php isn't where it should be looking... It SHOULD be looking in /.

    It works FINE if I go to

    My question is this: Why does the other server work fine, and not this one? The only difference is in the way *DNS is setup, and I cannot figure out why it's suddenly confusing the root for subdomains.

    Sorry if this was confusing! I'll do my best to clarify upon request. Thanks in advance for any suggestions.
    #1 offtone, Jan 25, 2009
    Last edited: Jan 25, 2009

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