[nycbug-talk] OT: Apache/mod_rewrite question

Kevin Reiter tux at penguinnetwerx.net
Sun Jan 28 23:09:11 EST 2007

Kevin Reiter wrote:
> Jonathan Stewart wrote:
>> Kevin Reiter wrote:
>>> All,
>>> I've been trying to figure this out for a few hours now, and I can't 
>>> quite get it working, and I *know* someone in here knows how to do 
>>> this...
>>> I'm trying to force all traffic to an Apache server (on my laptop) to 
>>> use SSL.  The laptop is on a dynamic IP with no static domain, so I 
>>> can't force http://machine.domain.tld to https://machine.domain.tld, 
>>> and since the IP changes depending on where I am, I can't use that 
>>> for a rewrite, either.
>>> Do any of you Apache gurus know of a way to do this using an 
>>> .htaccess file or via a simple edit to httpd.conf?  I've been 
>>> checking Google for awhile, but everything I've come across doesn't 
>>> quite do the trick.
>> Not exactly what your asking about but have you considered using a 
>> dynamic DNS service?  I use No-IP () and have been very happy with 
>> them.  They even manually setup IPv6 records for me even though they 
>> are not technically supported.  Although I am paying for a domain name 
>> and dns they provide free sub-domains as well.  If thats not an option 
>> I'll see what I can do about a rewrite rule for you.
>> Jonathan
> This is for a traveling laptop that I use both at home and at client 
> sites, and as a test machine at my new job, so I don't always have the 
> same IP, which is how I typically access the server.
> I should've mentioned that I know about zero when it comes to writing 
> rewrite rules (this would be a first).
> In this case, a dynamic DNS service would do nothing for me (I've had a 
> paid account with FreeDNS[1] for years now.)
> Basically, I'm looking to force the use of SSL on my webserver 
> (apache+mod_ssl-1.3.37+2.8.28) when the IP and domain are always changing.
> I recall seeing something about {SERVER_ADDR} as a variable, which would 
> be exactly what I'm looking for, but I don't have a clue outside of that 
> what to write in the .htaccess file.

Helps when I include the link..

[1] http://freedns.afraid.org/

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