Yeah, I try to get everything done to a deadline (my taxes are always submitted on the due date - I LOATHE doing taxes).
Okay, weird configuration of your RedHat installation. They must have a reason for that but I can't guess what it must be.
WP has nothing to do with RewriteBase except for the only valid use I've seen for using it (IMHO).
No, Apache is "smart enough" to keep the server file structure separate from a domain's DocumentRoot (which must be defined to Apache in terms of the server's file structure). I have yet to figure out why the server path gets inserted into a URL (this should NEVER happen) so, for me, a restart is the only way out of that box.
Back to your original problem: Did
RewriteRule ^spamable/([^/]+)\\.flv$ index.php?id=$1 [L]
work for you as you needed?
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.
This isnt a WP installation.
Possibly related to the Directory definition for /server_path/to/ in httpd.conf?[/QUOTE]