apache2 rewrite rules not working

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http://stackoverflow.com – I am trying to write some rewrite rules in apache2 conf and they are not working Following is my virtualhost block in apache conf. My os is ubuntu 12.04 server edition DocumentRoot /var/www/xyz <Directory /> Options FollowSymLinks AllowOverride None </Directory> <Directory /var/www/xyz> Options Indexes FollowSymLinks MultiViews #AllowOverride None AllowOverride All Order allow,deny #Order deny,allow allow from all </Directory> I have .htaccess file w (HowTos)