I am moving content from an existing custom built CMS into Drupal 7. There is a host of mod_rewrite rules in place. These rules expand path names in the URL. For example, the rule below effectively expands
RewriteRule ^abc/?(.*)$ /alpha/beta/confusion/$1 [L,R]
Ideally we'd like put these rules inside of
/etc/httpd/conf.d/old_redirects.conf. However, the clean URL rules are in .htaccess and are processed first.
Can I remove dependence on .htaccess and move these rules to
/etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf thereby allowing me to import the old_redirects.conf into the httpd.conf file before the Clean URL set of rewrites executes?
(I've referenced the following question How do I use .htaccess to trigger mod_rewrites before D7's Clean URLs take over? and Drupal 7 .htaccess redirects; and while good, they don't quite cover this from the perspective the a need.)