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    Ongoing observations by End Point Dev people

    Apache RewriteRule to a destination URL containing a space

    Ron Phipps

    By Ron Phipps
    March 4, 2009

    Today I needed to do a 301 redirect for an old category page on a client’s site to a new category which contained spaces in the filename. The solution to this issue seemed like it would be easy and straight forward, and maybe it is to some, but I found it to be tricky as I had never escaped a space in an Apache RewriteRule on the destination page.

    The rewrite rule needed to rewrite:

    /scan/mp=cat/se=Video Games


    /scan/mp=cat/se=DS Video Games

    I was able to get the first part of the rewrite rule quickly:


    The issue was figuring out how to properly escape the space on the destination page. A literal space, %20 and \s all failed to work properly. Jon Jensen took a look and suggested a standard Unix escape of ‘\ ’ and that worked. Some times a solution is right under your nose and it’s obvious once you step back or ask for help from another engineer. Googling for the issue did not turn up such a simple solution, thus the reason for this blog posting.

    The final rule:

    RewriteRule ^/scan/mp=cat/se=Video\sGames\.html$ http://www.site.com/scan/mp=cat/se=DS\ Video\ Games.html [L,R=301]

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