July 14, 2008

The server encountered an internal error or misconfiguration

Filed under: drupal, internet — Tags: — egoleo @ 10:54 am

I encountered the following error when I uploaded an existing site to a new server.

The server encountered an internal error or misconfiguration and was unable to complete your request.

The problem was the .htaccess file. I deleted the .htaccess and the web server worked again.

Subsequently, I recreated the file directly on the server using vim and the server still worked, I think therefore the problem was likely to be an issue with DOS carriage returns / line feeds versus what the Linux server expected.

Several tools exist on the web to help create .htaccess files online, but generally any text editor will work. Do be sure to test your site thoroughly after making an adjustments to the .htaccess file.


  1. I am having the same problem and I know its the htaccess file but I didnt know what to do about it.
    What was the file that you replaced looked like?

    Can you suggest anything?


    Comment by James — July 15, 2008 @ 5:47 pm

  2. i did not replace any file or content. But what i had to do was that it seems for some reason there are some unwanted spaces or somthing due to the editor maybe used for the creation.

    So i just recreated with my favourite editor (VI) on linux to create it and uploaded it. But u can also have ur own editor but i suggest u dont use any DOS compatible editor.

    Comment by egoleo — July 16, 2008 @ 11:51 am

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    Comment by AlustyWeenollelubre — December 29, 2008 @ 8:49 pm

  4. No puedo abrir esta página. Sé algo de inglés pero no mucho.
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    Comment by Juan — October 7, 2009 @ 10:04 pm

  5. Oddly enough, this suggestion does not work for me.
    Firstly, the problem arose suddenly out of the blue. I was not tinkering around with anything.
    I replaced the .htaccess with a blank one and still i see same error.
    Any suggestions?

    Comment by cheezo — February 20, 2010 @ 3:24 am

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