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I have taken over the administration of a MediaWiki server at my university (Version: 1.35.2).
It is installed with XAMPP (PHP: 7.4.9 (apache2handler); MariaDB: 10.4.14-MariaDB; ICU: 66.1) in /opt/lampp/htdocs/wiki

I'm currently trying to shorten the URL with the help of this guide, or rather put it into a readable form. So I added this to the httpd.conf:

## https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Manual:Short_URL/Apache
# Enable the rewrite engine
RewriteEngine On

# Short URL for wiki pages
RewriteRule ^/?wiki(/.*)?$ %{DOCUMENT_ROOT}/wiki/index.php [L]

# Redirect / to Main Page
RewriteRule ^/*$ %{DOCUMENT_ROOT}/wiki/index.php [L]

and this to Localsettings.php

$wgArticlePath = "/wiki/$1";

The problem is that the link is fine, but the website then looks like this:


Without this line:

RewriteRule ^/?wiki(/.*)?$ %{DOCUMENT_ROOT}/wiki/index.php [L]

Then the web page looks normal again.

Does someone know what's wrong there?

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The location of your real files should not match the virtual directory you set up for short URLs.



  • Files and article path in the same location (e.g. both in /wiki)
  • Files and/or article path in website root

You are in one of the "bad" cases which is why those rewrite rules are not working for you. Extra care is required when doing one of the configurations listed above as "bad", and even with a correct configuration certain article names matching file or directory names will become impossible to create on your wiki.

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