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From Adam Kocoloski <>
Subject Re: URL encoding issue
Date Sun, 17 May 2009 13:52:32 GMT
Hi Kai, I don't think the URL-encoded double quotes are your problem.   
I just tried encoding all the double-quotes with curl and it worked  
fine -- even when using a compound key and a string as the first  
element of that key.

If you can write up a reproducible test case that shows unexpected  
behavior I'm sure someone here can take a crack at it.  Best,


P.S. you missed a leading double-quote in your first query string.   
Could it be that simple?

On May 17, 2009, at 4:17 AM, Kai Griffin - Relaxing wrote:

> Hi,
> These past few weeks, I've been re-building our flagship product as  
> a Flex application, with couchdb as the back end, and this has been  
> progressing really well.  However, I've hit a strange snag, to do  
> with URL encoding.  Flex's HTTPService component automatically url- 
> encodes requests, so that...
> ....? 
> startkey=["SYD","LAX","2008-01-01T00:00:00Z"]&endkey=["SYD","LAX", 
> 2008-01-01T23:59:59Z"]
> becomes...
> ....?startkey=[%22SYD%22,%22LAX%22,%222008-01-01T00:00:00Z 
> %22]&endkey=[%22SYD%22,%22LAX%22,....etc....]
> that is, when I look at the Erlang console after the request has  
> been sent from Flex, I see the request with quotes encoded as %22's  
> as shown above when issued from Flex.
> The trouble is, couchdb fails to return any rows when those quotes  
> are encoded as %22's like that.  When I issue the exact same request  
> in curl, the quotes are not automatically encoded (they still show  
> as quotes in Erlang's console), and I get the correct result set for  
> the view.  I always use group=true, so that's not the difference.
> What is particularly strange to me, is that a different design/view  
> I have works perfectly with the following key:
> ....?startkey=[911,%222008-01-01T00:00:00Z%22]&...etc
> In this case, the first item in the key is an unquoted integer, but  
> couchdb is still fine with the quoted date, and correctly returns a  
> result from either Flex or curl.
> Any suggestions from a kind soul out there?
> Cheers,
> Kai

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