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I am facing an issue with my Apache web server. I have a PHP script where I am passing a URL as a parameter in a GET variable. However, when I try to access this URL, it gives me a 404 error instead of redirecting to the desired page.

To give you some context, I am working on a website that allows users to share links with each other. In order to track these links, I pass them as parameters in the URL. For example, my PHP script is something like:

$url = $_GET['url'];
// Perform some validations or processing here
header("Location: $url");

When I try to access this script with a URL parameter, let's say "http://example.com", instead of redirecting me to that page, I receive a 404 error. I have double-checked the URL and it works fine when accessed directly. I have also checked my Apache configuration for any possible issues but couldn't find anything relevant.

I am using Apache version [X] and PHP version [Y] on [operating system]. All other PHP functionalities seem to be working fine, except for this redirection issue. Can anyone please help me understand why I am encountering this problem? Is there any additional configuration or code change that I need to make in order to get the desired redirect working?

Any assistance or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance!

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I faced a similar problem with Apache and URL redirection using PHP's GET variable. In my case, I discovered that the issue was due to a misconfiguration in my Apache server's `.htaccess` file.

To resolve this, I ensured that the `mod_rewrite` module was enabled in Apache. I checked my Apache configuration files and confirmed that the module was indeed enabled. However, the `.htaccess` file in my project's root directory was not properly configured.

I made the following adjustments in my `.htaccess` file:

RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ /index.php?url=$1 [QSA,L]

These rules allow the rewriting of URLs and redirect any requests to the `index.php` file while passing the URL as a parameter. The `QSA` flag allows for the preservation of existing query string parameters.

Once I made these changes and restarted Apache, the URL redirection started working correctly, and I was no longer encountering the 404 error.

I suggest reviewing your `.htaccess` file and confirming that the necessary rewrite rules are in place, ensuring that the `mod_rewrite` module is enabled, and making any required adjustments. This should help you resolve the redirection issue you are encountering.


I had a similar issue before where I was trying to redirect to a URL passed as a parameter in a PHP script. After some troubleshooting, I realized that the problem was related to URL encoding.

In my case, when passing the URL as a parameter, it contained special characters like "&", "=", or spaces. These characters need to be properly encoded in order to be passed as a parameter. Otherwise, it can cause issues with the redirection.

To resolve this, I used the PHP built-in function `urlencode()` to encode the URL before passing it as a parameter. For example:

$url = $_GET['url'];
$encodedUrl = urlencode($url);
header("Location: $encodedUrl");

By doing this, I was able to successfully redirect to the desired page without encountering any 404 errors. Make sure to verify if your URL parameter requires encoding and give it a try. It might be the solution to your issue as well.

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