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Help with Modrewrite in .htaccess

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I have created a new website for someone and I need to point a directory from the old site to the root of the new site.  I am having some problems with this and I think it is because the old directory had an apostrophe and a space in the name, for example Mike's Site.  

Here is the code that I am trying to use in the .htaccess file but with no luck.

RewriteRule ^Mike%27s%20Site(/.*)?$ /$1 [L,R=301]

Will someone help me resolve this?
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>>> I think it is because the old directory had an apostrophe and a space in the name

I'm guessing you are realizing now what an absolutely horrible idea that was.  I don't mean to kick you when you're down, but you will save yourself a lot of future heartache by learning this lesson now.

You'll need to play with the rules to find out what is and is not being picked up.  Make sure you turn on and use your RewriteLog.  Note that this has to be enabled in the server's conf file or in the VirtualHost container.  If you do not have access to turn it on, contact your hosting provider to help you out with it.

If anything in the characters is causing the issue, it is likely to be the apostrophe.  Because of differing character sets, your URL might not actually contain %27.  Try an explicit apostrophe (i.e., ^Mike's%20Site) in the file.  Also, the URL could be not matching due to a leading slash (/?Mike's%20Site).

Finally, you can try working around the punctuation using a regex wildcard.  Depending on how you form the regex, and how many similar directories you have on the server, this could be the easy way out:

RewriteRule ^/?Mike.s.Site(/.*)?$ /$1 [L,R=301]

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You are not kicking me when I am down.  The old site was created by someone else ;)  I am just trying to clean up a mess created by someone else.  
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