Fitness and everything else

Caddy Redirects

I’ve been wanting to remove the dates from my URLs for awhile now. It was easy enough to change the way Hugo generates the files but it was a bit more challenging to get Caddy server to do it. Once I figured it out I had the duh! moment though. I was forgetting a (-) because my bad eyes just weren’t seeing that it was missing but my brain was placing it there. I really haven’t used this feature of Caddy server up until now because I haven’t had the need for it.

I wanted to change the URL from:




I had no other reason do this other than because I think it just looks a little cleaner. I know it’s really just bike shedding but it was fun to learn something new. I’m not great with regex because I really don’t use them that often. It’s really such a powerful tool though. After a little trial and error I got it sorted out.

@olddated path_regexp olddated ^\/posts\/([0-9]{4})(-)([0-9]{2})(-)([0-9]{2})(-)(.*)

redir @olddated /blog/{re.olddated.7} permanent

Sure I could have just let it be and not worry at all about the 404 errors but I wanted to learn something new. I certainly didn’t want to take my fifteen years worth of posts totaling around 850 currently and do individual redirects. I knew there had to be a way and I wanted the challenge of figuring it out.

Google was just letting me down yet again by showing me stuff that it thinks I want to see that is in actuality unrelated to what I’m searching for. For Nginx I could have found a copy and paste solution because that’s a much more popular server but I like the set it and forget about it Letsencrypt of Caddy plus I like using less common things. Who knows, maybe this will show up in google someday and help someone else trying to solve this or a similar problem.