I just have Drupal 7 and 8 installed in my localhost on Opensuse Leap. With Drupal 7 I cannot pass the clean urls test, however the site is completely functional. By clicking the links on the menu I can access localhost/drupal7/?q=admin/dashboard or localhost/drupal7/?q=admin/people (for example).

In Drupal 8 I can access the front page localhost/drupal8 but when I click some link, for example "Log in", I'm redirected to localhost/htdocs/drupal8/user/login. And I get an Apache 404 error. I don't understand why the server redirects to another directory when both installations are using the same configuration file.

I already tried all drupal.org apache-related tutorials without success.

Does anybody know how to solve this issue?

  • What is your Apache configuration? Is mod_rewrite enabled and an AllowOverride set on the Drupal directory?
    – cilefen
    May 1, 2016 at 19:06
  • @cilefen mod_rewrite is enabled. When I put following code: <Directory /srv/www/htdocs> AllowOverride All RewriteEngine on RewriteBase / RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !=/favicon.ico RewriteRule ^ index.php [L] </Directory> in httpd.conf.local I get an 403 error for the whole site (forbidden access). May 1, 2016 at 19:13
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    You should only need AllowOverride All, and let Drupal's .htaccess handle the redirect. The .htaccess is there, yes?
    – cilefen
    May 1, 2016 at 21:56
  • @cilefen .htaccess is there. Have tried with your proposed solution. Same result. May 1, 2016 at 23:49
  • @cilefen I put a garbage string in .htaccess to check if the host was even reading it and I got an error 500, so the .htaccess file was ok. When I erased the string and saved the file again, the site magically started to work. That was weird, but finally I got my site running. Thank you May 2, 2016 at 2:51

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I ran into this issue as well moving to opensuse leap from another distribution. There was more than one problem.

  1. Even if rewrite_module is listed in loadmodule.conf, this file is not not read without a change to httpd.conf. You can check if the module is loaded with

    apache2ctl -M

  2. As is posted elsewhere Options and AllowOverride arguments need to be placed within the relevant Directory tags.

  3. If there is a subdirectory of the webserver, there needs to be a RewriteBase argument given in the .htaccess file.

Try this to get things working:

In file /etc/apache2/default-server.conf

Within the <Directory> tags add or edit the Options and AllowOverride lines to

Options All
AllowOverride All

In file /etc/apache2/loadmodule.conf add

LoadModule rewrite_module    /usr/lib64/apache2-prefork/mod_rewrite.so

In file /etc/apache2/httpd.conf uncomment the IfDefine tags

#<IfDefine !SYSCONFIG>
  Include /etc/apache2/loadmodule.conf

In file /srv/www/htdocs/NAMEOFYOURSUBDIRECTORYHERE/.htaccess add a line


Check if the configuration file "Syntax is OK."

It will probably complain that some modules have already been loaded, but that's alright.

 apache2ctl configtest

Restart Apache

systemctl stop apache2; sleep 5; systemctl start apache2

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