My habit is to try the immediate thing, and then seek help. *shrug* When you've got a deadline, things have to get done.
Originally Posted by dklynn
All i can say is that it was in the default HTTPD package install with the RHEL 6.2 image I was cloning for a virtual.
Hmmm, I've never seen a 'nix httpd.conf with a <Directory> pointing to the server root so that would be an obvious error ... but on whose part? Thank you for that feedback, though!
This isnt a WP installation.
RewriteBase has nothing to do with your server's file structure. Its intent is to undo a mod_alias redirection so mod_rewrite can work on the URI. WP misuses it to enable their code to reside in a subdirectory but that's another issue. If it works for WP, I'd not "fix it" but I would never use RewriteBase otherwise.
Possibly related to the Directory definition for /server_path/to/ in httpd.conf?
Finally, when you get URLS like domain/server_path/to/file rather than domain/path/to/file, that's indicative of a problem with the server which can (only?) be cleared by restarting Apache. I have no information on the error causing this sort of redirection except that it's obviously wrong.