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Rewrite rules really picky about a blank space in the bracket portion

Fun web fact for the day!

One little itty bitty space in the bracket part of the rewrite rule:

RewriteRule ^product/raptors/assimilate$ /product/raptors/assimilate/features [NC, R=301,L]

(instead of:
RewriteRule ^product/raptors/assimilate$ /product/raptors/assimilate/features [NC,R=301,L]

causes the entire web site to be replaced with:

Internal Server Error

The server encountered an internal error or misconfiguration and was unable to complete your request.

Please contact the server administrator, webmaster@localhost and inform them of the time the error occurred, and anything you might have done that may have caused the error.

More information about this error may be available in the server error log.

Apache/2.2.12 (Ubuntu) Server at Port 80

Confirmed: within the brackets of a rewrite rule, unlike almost anywhere else in web programming (except Python or scripts (except bash), white space matters. A lot.


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