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Re-write rules .htaccess - any one experience with it [help]

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Hi, I don't have much knowledge with .htaccess file and re-write rules and 2 days ago after we launched our beta project public http://www.nihonomaru.com/ we ran into an issue where the rules conflicts with my forum folders and my images on my forum were down.

The dev I work with tried something and fixed it but i am not sure if these rules are written correctly. He is using cake framework. http://book.cakephp.org/2.0/en/installation/url-rewriting.html

If someone is experience, do you see any issue with these rules?

<IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
RewriteEngine on

RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !^/forum/(.*)
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !^/cache/(.*)
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !^/cache/(.*)

RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !^/chan/(.*)
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !^forum\.nihonomaru\.com

RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^(www\.)?nihonomaru.com$
RewriteRule ^$ app/webroot/ [L]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^(www\.)?nihonomaru.com$
RewriteRule (.*) app/webroot/$1 [L]

#RewriteRule ^$ app/webroot/ [L]
#RewriteRule (.*) app/webroot/$1 [L]

RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ index.php [QSA,L]
Need example of URL that is broken by your rules.
It broke my forum img1 directly like this url would give me 500 error note http://img1.nihonomaru.com/forum/images/nihonomaru/statusicon/forum_new.gif So the dev changed the rules to these ones in my original post ^ and both my forum and homepage do work now. He is gone for 2 weeks away.

But the next day i started seeing all sort of weird bugs, like not able to login on the homepage and some profiles gets broken, not sure if is it a bug and we will need to fix it or it is caused because these rules were written in a bad way. That is basically the summary of this situation. So i wan to make sure the structure of these rules are written correctly right ? That the dev did, was that he made the .htaccess ignore my forum urls so it doesn't get broken, which is what he did.
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Got a link showing the problem? Are there any specific errors?
Hi Jake, i actually find an issue. My gallery which is a completely different script is getting blocked by these .htaccess rules http://www.nihonomaru.com/chan/ so what can i do to these rules to allow my gallery to be viewable again. I guess we need to find a way so my gallery can't be blocked by the homepage script.

The other issue about the login and profile getting broken, it is code related, i think the dev when he is back, can fix these, they seem to be broken features when he migrated the beta and put it live.
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