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From Samuel Wan <>
Subject Re: URL encoding issue
Date Mon, 18 May 2009 23:32:36 GMT
Do you need to set the json content-type headers in the HTTPService requests?

BTW, the flash player doesn't support delete or put, will that be a
problem for you?


On Mon, May 18, 2009 at 1:35 PM, Kai Griffin <> wrote:
> On 18/05/2009 21:54, Rhett Sutphin wrote:
>> Hi Kai,
>> On May 18, 2009, at 2:40 PM, Kai Griffin wrote:
>>> Hi Brian,
>>> I've been escaping the square brackets and double quotes in curl, like
>>> this  \[\" ....\" \] - which seems to work.   I'll start using -g in curl so
>>> I don't have to escape the square braces.
>>> Wrapping the url in single quotes results in the single quote being
>>> interpreted as part of the url itself, and curl complains that "protocol
>>> 'http is not supported".
>>> As for %22's... I cannot make that work at all.  If I encode double
>>> quotes as %22's in curl, couchdb complains about invalid JSON, and it looks
>>> as if all the %'s have been stripped out and the 22's become part of the
>>> request.  For example the following request:
>>> (snip)
>> You are on windows, right?  In the regular windows shell, environment
>> variable substitution is done with %ENV_VAR_NAME% (roughly equivalent to
>> $ENV_VAR_NAME in bash).  So %22SYD%22 would mean "take the value of the
>> 22SYD environment variable and concatenate 22".  If there is no such env
>> var, the result would just be "22". This fits with the invalid JSON couchdb
>> is seeing.
>> Long story short, I think you need to escape the '%'s from the windows
>> shell.  I don't know how to do this, but I'm sure it is possible.
> Aha!  Thank-you, Rhett - this never crossed my mind, though it makes perfect
> sense.  It's a simple matter of doubling the %  (%%) to ensure the command
> processor doesn't try to do the replacement.  When I just tried this, my
> curl command worked fine, and as Brian suggested, I get a successful result
> whether I escape the quotes with backslashes or encoded them as %22's.  Now
> I just need to figure out why the HTTPService from Flex is not working...
>  clearly the url-encoding has nothing to do with it and I've no doubt got an
> unrelated bug in my own work.
> Best regards,
> Kai
>> Rhett

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