Wordpress mod_rewrite exception for a subdirectory


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I am using GoDaddy Delux Hosting, Linux server. I have a wordpress installation in the root directory. I've started a development directory under the root directory. I don't have a wordpress installation under the development directory, but my own project.

My objective is to circumvent wordpress url rewriting just for the development directory, and redirect every url that starts with the development directory to development/index.php. I have experimented with numerous mod_rewrite combinations, but I couldn't get it work. I get the standard wordpress "page not found" page for everything except mysite.com/development/index.php

The last configuration I've come up with is the following:

root directory .htaccess file:

# BEGIN WordPress
<IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
RewriteEngine On
RewriteBase /
RewriteRule ^index\.php$ - [L]
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !^/(development|development/.*)$
RewriteRule . /index.php [L]

development directory .htaccess file:

RewriteEngine On
RewriteRule .* index.php [L]

Any ideas how to best approach this?

PS: I haven't used "development" in Wordpress as a slug.