Since I moved from WordPress to Dotclear, my feed URLs changed. Tonight (this morning), I mapped the old ones to the new ones. There were several complicating factors:

  • WordPress uses a whole mess of different URLs for feeds.
  • WordPress is very popular, so most of the posts I found were about how to point to WordPress feed URLs, not how to redirect WP URLs to another system's. I found some Feedburner docs, but they were old and not quite appropriate.
  • mod_rewrite is powerful and complicated. I wanted to use the much simpler (and lower overhead) redirects provided by mod_alias.
  • WordPress uses Query Strings, which are not part of the normal URL space, and thus awkward to work with.

Thanks to #apache (particularly Sling) for a pointer in the right direction.

Here's what I ended up with in the .conf file for my www.extrapepperoni.com virtual host (yes, I realize I mapped some URLs that were never used, but I cannot go check what was available now that the old site is mothballed):

# WP uses top-level years for permalinks, but DC puts them under /post/.
    RedirectPermanent /2008         http://www.extrapepperoni.com/post/2008
    RedirectPermanent /2007         http://www.extrapepperoni.com/post/2007
    RedirectPermanent /2006         http://www.extrapepperoni.com/post/2006

# People who just ask for a feed, without specifying type. Note `$`, so these don't eat URLs that do specify type.
    RedirectMatch permanent /feed$  http://www.extrapepperoni.com/feed/atom
    RedirectMatch permanent /feed/$ http://www.extrapepperoni.com/feed/atom

# If they specify a type, provide DC's closest match.
    RedirectPermanent /feed/atom/   http://www.extrapepperoni.com/feed/atom
    RedirectPermanent /feed/rss2/   http://www.extrapepperoni.com/feed/rss2
    RedirectPermanent /feed/rss/    http://www.extrapepperoni.com/feed/rss2
    RedirectPermanent /feed/rdf/    http://www.extrapepperoni.com/feed/rss2


# Not sure if putting it inside this block avoids unnecessary processing for sub-paths, but it works this way, so it's all good.
# For all the feed queries, map to the appropriate feed URL, and strip the Query String to avoid looping.
# These are permanent redirects, and end mod_redirect processing.
    <Location />
        SetHandler dotclear
        RewriteEngine On
        RewriteCond %{QUERY_STRING} feed=atom
        RewriteRule / http://www.extrapepperoni.com/feed/atom? [L,R=301]
        RewriteCond %{QUERY_STRING} feed=rss2
        RewriteRule / http://www.extrapepperoni.com/feed/rss?  [L,R=301]
        RewriteCond %{QUERY_STRING} feed=rss1
        RewriteRule / http://www.extrapepperoni.com/feed/rss?  [L,R=301]
        RewriteCond %{QUERY_STRING} feed=rss1
        RewriteRule / http://www.extrapepperoni.com/feed/rss?  [L,R=301]
        RewriteCond %{QUERY_STRING} feed=rdf
        RewriteRule / http://www.extrapepperoni.com/feed/rss?  [L,R=301]
        RewriteCond %{QUERY_STRING} feed
        RewriteRule / http://www.extrapepperoni.com/feed/atom? [L,R=301]
    </Location>