Apache::Request::Redirect - An Apache mod_perl module to redirect url request


  use Apache::Request::Redirect;

  No synopsis till now


The purpose of this module is to give a tool to route local request to other web sites.

This module handles locale HTTP requests and it transfer them, pratically unchanged, to other destination.

One of the use of this module is to permit to incapsulate, inside your own web site structure , of external web application.

It's possible to use this module to route local request to other web site recovering from this the relating html working out and incapsulating inside a different graphical structure permitting insteed the navigation of the remote web site as it was local.

To do this, every required url from client could be changed and remapping to a different one to which it will be give pratically the same HTTP request originally send from browser. Remote HTTP response can be totally worked out and then send to browser in changed form.

This module requires mod_perl and can be used like an Apache module, a standalone CGI or inside an embedded perl like HTML::Mason.


This module has been developed for using inside some web sites wrote in HTML::Mason where there was necessity to incapsulate all web pages inside an homogeneous graphical structure.

To do this had been created a framework that catchs the request page and incalpsulates it inside a shared template that holds a lateral navigational menu and an header with a logo factory to simulate frames in a single html page (pseudo-frame).

All is right untill pages run under Mason that is until pages are html or Mason scrips. But we would to use some applications already present in the opensource world to implement things like forums and webmail. The programs that satisfy us were unfortunately wrote in lite PERL or PHP.

Solutions to show this external programs inside our Mason template was to redirect request to this scripts to another virtual local site.

In the main site PERL CGIs and PHP scripts are handled to Mason. In Mason "autohandler" file request to PHP and PERL scripts are routed, changed the host of the original url, to two other virtual web site that point to the same filesystem structure of the main web site (same DocumentRoot Apache directive).

On this virtual website PERL and PHP scripts run respectivly under mod_perl and PHP engine and so the response to local request is the right page. Response to browser was built using the received HTTP stream from virtual sites merging HTTP headers and incapsulate HTTP content in the pseudoframe structure.



The new constructor return an istance of Apache::Request::Redirect object. It has three optional parameters which you can set here or directly using relative methods before calling "item_redirect" method.

  $redirect = new Apache::Request::Redirect(
                                             [args      => $args]
                                             [host      => $host],
                                             [url       => $url],

It's an hash ref to all form args that have been passed to routed request (see also the "item_args" method


It's the uri host part of the site where original request will be routed (see also the "item_host" method


It's the uri path part of the site where original request will be routed (see also the "item_url" method.

  $redirect = new Apache::Request::Redirect(
                                             args      => {$r->args},
                                             host      => ",
                                             url       => $r->uri->path

This example redirect client request from 




This module runs under mod_perl. This method set/get a reference to Apache object. It's not required to set a reference to Apache object because module automatically detect it.


This is a reference to an hash of form params that have been passed to the real site


This method set/get the host part of the uri used to route the browser request. This value is also the rempote address used to open the HTTP socket.


This method send the browser request to


getting the response and return it as a HTTP::Response object.


This is the path part of the uri used to route the browser request.



If set to a value different from 0 it enables request/response logs to /tmp/Apache_Request_Redirect.log file.

If set to -1 enabled all logs.

If set to $LOG_REQUEST logs only request informations.

If set to $LOG_RESPONSE logs only response informations.

See also LOG::SimpleFile.


I've tested this module with this protocols:

    • HTTP GET with or without query string

    • HTTP POST in application/x-www-form-urlencoded

    • HTTP POST in multipart/form-data with files upload


No diagnostics error returned.



Used like a value for $Apache::Request::Redirect::LOG enables request logging.


Used like a value for $Apache::Request::Redirect::LOG enables response logging.


HTTP::Response, HTTP::Request, HTTP::Headers, LWP::UserAgent, URI, Log::SimpleFile (opt.)


Emiliano Bruni, <info/at/ebruni_dot_it<gt>


HTTP::Request , HTTP::Response, Apache::Request, HTML::Template, HTML::Template::Extension::HEAD_BODY

To see some web sites that use this package take a look to and