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I first ran the install.php when drupal was reachable as example.org/drupal/, then later I changed the Apache configuration to make it into a virtual host. Now that I can reach the site at example.org, the problem is, all links available on that page still have /drupal/ in them, and result in 404.

I have tried uncommenting "RewriteBase /" in the .htaccess file, and restarting Apache. Nothing changed. There is nothing of use in the settings.php file for the site.

There are a lot of web pages that seem to solve this, but they are either for older versions of Drupal or just don't work.

I can force the correct URL's down Drupal's throat with an additional rule in the Apache configuration to rewrite the URL without the /drupal/ link, but come on, there must be a less hackish way to fix this.

Also of note, I'm trying this out on Arch Linux, so some file paths might be different. But this is a configuration issue, not a file path issue.

EDIT: for clarity, what I want is all links to show as example.org/blah without the /drupal/ being automatically inserted.

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The entry in the .htaccess file you should uncomment is the /drupal one:

  # Modify the RewriteBase if you are using Drupal in a subdirectory or in a
  # VirtualDocumentRoot and the rewrite rules are not working properly.
  # For example if your site is at http://example.com/drupal uncomment and
  # modify the following line:
  RewriteBase /drupal

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