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"/index.php/" Being Appended to <% base_tag %>

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31 March 2010 at 4:30am (Last edited: 31 March 2010 4:38am), Community Member, 245 Posts

For some reason, "/index.php/" is being appended to the SS <% base_tag %>, causing the base href, and hence all the URLs, to be funky, as below:

<base href="" />

For example, is

Obviously, there is no "index.php" folder or page on the site. I've seen this on a few other implementations I've done, and have never been able to figure it out. But since it varies from machine to machine, I have no choice but to think this is some sort of PHP or Apache configuration issue. I have mod_rewrite enabled. What is the issue here?



31 March 2010 at 7:42pm Forum Moderator, 5511 Posts

A url like would mean that mod_rewrite has not been detected or is not enabled. Could you post the content of your .htaccess file. Is this a new site or an existing site thats suddenly doing this?


1 April 2010 at 6:30am Community Member, 245 Posts

Yes, it does seem like a mod_rewrite issue. I never changed my .htaccess file (I think it's pretty much canned SS), but I DID move from Wampserver to my default Apache/PHP install for serving the site(s) [it's happening on All the sites]. I'm running Apache 2.0.63 and PHP 5.2.5. Below is my .htaccess code:

<Files *.ss>
Order deny,allow
Deny from all
Allow from

<IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
RewriteEngine On
RewriteBase /horngroup-prod

RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !(\.gif$)|(\.jpg$)|(\.png$)|(\.css$)|(\.js$)

RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} ^(.*)$
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
RewriteRule .* sapphire/main.php?url=%1&%{QUERY_STRING} [L]

I have attached my php.ini and httpd.conf files.

Thanks for your help,


6 January 2011 at 10:55am Community Member, 178 Posts

My solution to this problem was to add:


to my config.

BEWARE, if moving your install to another directory, this must be updated, has caused me a large headache.


27 October 2013 at 1:43pm (Last edited: 31 October 2013 3:42am), Community Member, 15 Posts

Sorry to revive an old thread but I wanted to post my solution as this has bugged me twice before, but this third time I could not fix it and had to settle for a workaround.

I could not simply set the base url to a forwardslash as my applications are developed in subfolders and then uploaded to a root directory on the server, I really did not want to compromise the convenience of this.

I simply added this to the main config.php to remove index.php from the baseURL all together.

Director::setBaseURL(str_replace("index.php/","",Director::baseURL())) ;


3 December 2013 at 5:27am Community Member, 395 Posts

with godaddy hosting this happened to me several times, and i used.


my problem was even worse as none of the Requirements were linked correctly.

Nobrainer Web

19 December 2013 at 10:35am Community Member, 135 Posts

If i remember correctly, also just removing the index.php file will also work on some hosts.


18 February 2014 at 10:14pm (Last edited: 18 February 2014 10:30pm), Community Member, 4 Posts

these solutions also helped with a failing fresh install of 3.1.2 on win-7-64 XAMPP, as per:

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