An interesting problem with Apache's mod_cache (even "production" in the 2.2.X branch) is that it does not cache mod_dir's DirectoryIndex files. For instance, if you have a
DirectoryIndex index.html index.php
declaration, neither of which will be cached by mod_cache. I have only seen this be true for mod_disk_cache but assume it fails with mod_mem_cache as well. The reason for this is the very complex nature of mod_dir and how this would relate to caching of a file. There was a good email thread on email@example.com archived here: http://firstname.lastname@example.org/msg35291.html
I had to come up with a simple workaround - and the first thing to come to mind was trying to come up with a simple RewriteRule to circumvent the mod_dir DirectoryIndex. I came up with the following concoction which assumes that there is a
This will force a SOE-compliant 301 Perm. Redirect for "directory" accesses with a valid existing [index.html|index.php|index.cfm] file - in that order. If neither of those 3 files exist, the normal order of operations will be carried out, i.e. directory listing if permissible, a forbidden error, a 404 missing error, etc.
This will also force mod_cache to work on your index files seeing as the actual REQUEST_URI contains a valid file. This should with with mod_mem_cache as well as mod_disk_cache. URL Strings will work with this and will be auto-appended to the new redirect location URL.
NOTE It is important to realize that any <FORM METHOD="POST"> submission with a directory action, i.e. <FORM ACTION="/subdir/" METHOD="POST"> will lose the form variables in the 301 redirection. I'd stay away from loading the index files via proxy and do a SEO-compatible 301 permanent redirection. This means that any action declaration in your HTML will require the filename it will be submitting to, i.e. <FORM ACTION="/subdir/index.php" METHOD="POST"> instead
ANOTHER NOTE Do not forget the NE declaration so to not foul your URL "GET" variables during the redirect.