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bug#6339: url-filename => "/c:/some/file.txt"


From: Juanma Barranquero
Subject: bug#6339: url-filename => "/c:/some/file.txt"
Date: Thu, 22 Sep 2011 00:21:03 +0200

On Wed, Sep 21, 2011 at 22:28, Lars Magne Ingebrigtsen <address@hidden> wrote:

> If I say:
>
> (setq x (url-generic-parse-url "file:///home/larsi/foo.txt"))
>
> Then I get
>
> (url-filename x)
> => "/home/larsi/foo.txt"
>
> as expected.  Would your patch break that?

My patch would return "home/larsi/foo.txt", yes.

But expecting the slash is a "bug" in you expectations, because the
*filename* (the path, according to the RFCs, see below) of

  file:///home/larsi/foo.txt

is not "/home/larsi/foo.txt". The slash is a separator, part of the
URI syntax, and "home/larsi/foo.txt" is an absolute path. It's easier
to see it with the full syntax, in things like

  file://localhost/home/larsi/foo.txt

for example. The fact that url-filename returns the slash is a bug;
just one that nobody has fixed or complained about because it makes
easier to process the path than having to do

  (concat "/" (url-filename "file:///mypath"))

At least, until you have a Windows URI. And no, this is *not* a
Windows problem or a Windows bug, it's a bug that makes life easier
for POSIX at the cost of making it uglier for Windows.

    Juanma


>From RFC 1738 "Uniform Resource Locators (URL)"

3.10 FILES

   The file URL scheme is used to designate files accessible on a
   particular host computer. This scheme, unlike most other URL schemes,
   does not designate a resource that is universally accessible over the
   Internet.

   A file URL takes the form:

       file://<host>/<path>

   where <host> is the fully qualified domain name of the system on
   which the <path> is accessible, and <path> is a hierarchical
   directory path of the form <directory>/<directory>/.../<name>.

   For example, a VMS file

     DISK$USER:[MY.NOTES]NOTE123456.TXT

   might become

     <URL:file://vms.host.edu/disk$user/my/notes/note12345.txt>

   As a special case, <host> can be the string "localhost" or the empty
   string; this is interpreted as `the machine from which the URL is
   being interpreted'.

   The file URL scheme is unusual in that it does not specify an
   Internet protocol or access method for such files; as such, its
   utility in network protocols between hosts is limited.





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