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## Support / instead of a user-view-id using the name as an alias

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19 August 2011, 7:27

Hello

is it possible to use an alias like the name of the owner of the profile instead of using id=x like https://mydoamin.eu/mahara/user/view.php?id=x in the URL of a profile-site or a view?

best regards and thnks for an answer,

michael

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##### Re: instead of a user-view-id using the name as an alias

21 August 2011, 17:05

Michael, I think Gregor Anzelj does something similar to what you are after on his site.  Have a look at this thread:

http://mahara.org/interaction/forum/topic.php?id=2455

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##### Re: instead of a user-view-id using the name as an alias

22 August 2011, 9:14

Hello Richard,

thank you for your hint. I've tried the suggestion with the profile and the .htaccess file like Gregor Anzelj discribed in his forum-post. But unfortunately it doesn't work.

If I'am using the URL http://localhost/mahara/user/username the error-log-file shows me File does not exist or if I'am using http://localhost/mahara/profile/username script '/var/www/mahara/profile' not found or unable to stat.

Thanks & Regards,

michael

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##### Re: instead of a user-view-id using the name as an alias

22 August 2011, 17:23

Hi Michael, I just tried it myself.  The ForceType directive didn't work with my apache setup either, but SetHandler worked:

<Files profile>    SetHandler application/x-httpd-php</Files>

Of course there's still the matter of rewriting all Mahara's internally generated urls to be friendly, but that's a lot of work.

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##### Re: instead of a user-view-id using the name as an alias

23 August 2011, 4:27

Hello Richard,