Search on IBM Connections mobile app not working with changed context root

I am currently facing an issue with a IBM Connections deployment were we have a changed context root for the applications. This causes the search in the mobile app not to work

instead of http://connections.company.com/mobile

We have http://connections.company.com/custom/mobile for a whole set of reasons and for all applications. This is a supported change on WebSphere and thus supported on IBM Connections. Everything works except for search.

We have opened a pmr and it looks like the mobile app is not picking up the changed context root and sending out it’s requests for feeds to http://connections.company.com/mobile. This url does not exist. This behaviour will be fixed when Connections 4 will be released but for now, you should be able to change this using this change on your IBM Http server (thx Nathan for sharing this)

  • Enable the rewrite module — this line should already be in your config file but may be commented out. Make sure it exists and is uncommented:
    LoadModule rewrite_module modules/mod_rewrite.so
  • Locate a stanza that looks similar to:
    LoadModule ibm_ssl_module modules/mod_ibm_ssl.so
    <IfModule mod_ibm_ssl.c>
    Listen 0.0.0.0:443
    <VirtualHost *:443>
    ServerName connections.company.com
    SSLEnable
    </VirtualHost>
    </IfModule>
    SSLDisable
  • After this, add a new rewrite rule where “custom/search” is the context root for your search service:
    RewriteEngine on
    RewriteRule ^/search/atom(.*) /custom/search/atom$1 [R]
  • Restart the http server with <httpserver_dir>/bin/apachectl restart
  • You can monitor the <httpserver_dir>/logs/access_log for traffic and to see whether the search requests are being redirected properly.

In our specific case this did not resolve the issue because we are fronted by a Webseal server that will not let this original url through but it should solve the issue if you are not using webseal

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