Quote Originally Posted by dklynn View Post
PLEASE, learn something before making more erroneous comments here!
For example (straight from the documentation):

Redirect Directive: Sends an external redirect asking the client to fetch a different URL. The new URL may be either an absolute URL beginning with a scheme and hostname, or a URL-path beginning with a slash. In this latter case the scheme and hostname of the current server will be added.

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redirect|R[=code] Forces an external redirect, optionally with the specified HTTP status code. Use of the [R] flag causes a HTTP redirect to be issued to the browser. If a fully-qualified URL is specified (that is, including http://servername/) then a redirect will be issued to that location. Otherwise, the current protocol, servername, and port number will be used to generate the URL sent with the redirect.

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From Old to New (internal)
RewriteRule ^/foo\.html$ /bar.html

From Old to New (external)
RewriteRule ^/foo\.html$ /bar.html [R]
Whether we use a full URL or not has nothing to do with the term "external redirect." An external redirect, quite simply, is any 3xx response.