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From Kai Griffin <>
Subject Re: URL encoding issue
Date Mon, 18 May 2009 19:40:57 GMT
Hi Brian,
Thanks for your help.

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:

curl -g -X GET http: 

....results in the following error from couchdb:


Replacing all the %22's with escaped double quotes (like this:   \" )  
works perfectly; I get the rows I was expecting.

Somewhere along the line, those %'s are being stripped out and the 
request mangled.  I will fire up my linux laptop later and see if any of 
these problems exist there.


On 18/05/2009 13:46, Brian Candler wrote:
> On Sun, May 17, 2009 at 10:17:59AM +0200, Kai Griffin - Relaxing wrote:
>> The trouble is, couchdb fails to return any rows when those quotes are  
>> encoded as %22's like that.
> Are you sure? Can you tun the same curl command line twice, once where it
> works, and once which is identical except you replace every double quote
> with %22 ?
> Note 1: make sure the whole URL goes inside single quotes:
>     curl ''
> Note 2: be careful with square brackets and curl, as it will try to perform
> its own globbing on them. Either use the -g flag to curl, or encode your
> square brackets as %5B and %5D.
> HTH,
> Brian.

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