Thanks Jackson, that did the trick. If I could ask a follow on question. How many rewrites can I put in the htaccess file before it becomes unwieldy? 10..20..1000? What about writing to a htaccess on the fly from within a perl program so that it gets updated automatically? thanks again for the help. Adrian mod_rewrite will do this for you if you're using Apache and the server administrator has enabled it. Just type into the .htaccess file RewriteEngine on RewriteBase / RewriteRule ^yourbusiness\/$ /cgi-bin/dockets.pl?action=showdoc&item=578 [L] and you should be good. -- Regards, Jackson Yee jyee at vt.edu -- * * Please support the community that supports you. * * http://evolt.org/help_support_evolt/ For unsubscribe and other options, including the Tip Harvester and archives of thelist go to: http://lists.evolt.org Workers of the Web, evolt !