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Migrating install - stumped!

edited January 2011 in Installation
Hopefully someone can point out the stupid thing I've missed, which for the moment has me stumped.

I've got a test running off my local MAMP install - everything is working 100% - fuel admin, controllers, views. I want to pop it onto a site so that other people can test it. Exported and created the DB on the site, amended the config/database.php to point to the new settings and uploaded everything. I can get to the home page fine - everything displays as it does locally. As soon as I try go to any other page on the site (including the /fuel/ admin area) it only shows me the home page. The home page (and all the others) are stored as pages in the database, I get the same result if I go to a "page" that is not a managed page, but a controller. I've trolled through the config settings and not seeing anything obvious. Any suggestions most welcome!


  • edited 12:48AM
    That sounds like it may be a difference in the URI_PROTOCOL used by CodeIgniter. Try the following:

    1. Got to the fuel/application/config/config.php file and change
    $config['index_page'] = 'index.php?'; // Note the question mark at the end
    2. In the same config file, right below the index_page config item, change $config['uri_protocol'] = 'QUERY_STRING';
    3. In .htaccess, change the line towards the bottom where it says
    RewriteRule .* index.php/$0 [L]
    RewriteRule .* index.php?/$0 [L]

    Here is another forum thread that talks about this issue (if this is what you are experiencing)
  • edited 12:48AM
    OK, I just grabbed the latest tarball from github and installed it clean to a new subdomain on my host, let's call it

    Standard welcome screen (with install instructions), but when I select the link to the dashboard - - it simply shows the same welcome screen again.

    I made the changes that you suggested and refreshed the home page at - the link to the dashboard is now

    When I follow that link it now gives the nice red and blue 404 page.

    Could it be a .htaccess thing? cpanel is creating the subdomains for me, and it might not be putting the correct AllowOverride into the vhost configuration? I guess if it wasn't working, the URL would give an Apache 404...
  • edited 12:48AM
    moved it out of subdomain and into main domain, same result. Most bleak :(
  • edited January 2011
    It may be an .htaccess issue. Are you sure mod_rewrite is allowed on the host? Also, did you set "admin_enabled" to TRUE in the fuel/application/config/MY_fuel.php file?
  • edited 12:48AM
    .htaccess is working fine - I just amended it to Deny From All as a test and it stopped me dead :) Reverting to the Fuel bundled .htaccess gave me back the home page.

    Changing the "admin_enabled" makes no difference.
  • edited 12:48AM
    Do you have a URL you can send me (you can email it to me if you don't want to post it here)?

    Also, are you able to get to any of these pages:
  • edited 12:48AM works

    I've amended my config.php to use index.php as the index page, created an about page, but that at gives a 404. May need to go poke the config with a stick some more.
  • edited 12:48AM
    Also, is the mod_rewrite module working with your .htaccess (it is possible to have .htaccess enabled but not have the mod_rewrite module installed). Have you used this server before with other CI projects using mod_rewrite?
  • edited 12:48AM
    I've used Wordpress on this server before, which (I assumed) was using mod_rewrite to prettify the URL's. Confirmed by amending .htaccess to be:

    Options +FollowSymLinks

    Deny From All

    Options -Indexes

    which gave me the Apache denied message :)
  • edited 12:48AM
    The forum sanitized that comment - the Deny From All was wrapped in an IfModule mod_rewrite.c
  • edited 12:48AM
    Hmm... You may want to try throwing up a basic CI 2 install with a simple controller and page (e.g. and seeing if you can get that to work with .htaccess and mod_rewrite (the .htaccess that comes with FUEL should be similar to what is normally recommended with CI):
  • edited 12:48AM
    Also, it may be helpful to know what the actual uri_protocol is being used by debugging the code in the fuel/codeigniter/core/URI.php _fetch_uri_string method and with the uri_protocol set to auto in the config.
  • edited January 2011
    I made the wrong assumption earlier that you were using the 0.91 branch so the link:

    Would not work anyways. However this link should for the 0.9 branch:

    Which is a static view file that comes with that branch. I'd be curious to know if are able to get a normal CI install to work on that server using mod_rewrite.

    Here are some additional links you may find useful in debugging this:
  • edited 12:48AM
    thanks - I'll try a CI 2 install a bit later today to see what happens.
  • edited 12:48AM
    CI 2 gave the same error. I cycled through all possible values of $config['uri_protocol'] until 'ORIG_PATH_INFO' finally worked!

    Of course now the base href being reported by site_url() ends in a double trailing slash, and all my css and js scripts begin with a double slash, but at least the fixed routing means I can at least see what's happening on the server.

    thanks again for all the effort!
  • edited 12:48AM
    Great! Glad you figured it out.

    With regards to the double slashes, that may be due to how the $config['base_url'] and WEB_PATH are set. The WEB_PATH constant is defined in the fuel/modules/config/fuel_constants.php file.
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