Here is the setup:
http://forums.servethehome.com/ (current forums vB 4.2.1 (patched) + vbSEO preset 001 with forum names.)
http://f.servethehome.com/ XF 1.3 test instance with a copy of data from a few days ago
Both are running CentOS 6.5 with nginx. The XF instance is using centminmod.
I have read:
and etc to no avail.
I did upload the redirect scripts with the table 'xf_import_log' in the 301 and the new URL.
What I have done to test my rewrites with the above is to take a thread URL and then copy/ paste it into the browser and change the sub domain from "forums" to "f".
Probably tried 30+ iterations at this point and have had nothing but 404's. My hope was that I could get it working on the test site then just transfer over the relevant rules to the server before migrating the data/ forums.
Am I trying to do the impossible here?