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From Tony Cuevas <>
Subject [users@httpd] Serving files whose name contains special characters
Date Tue, 16 Mar 2004 21:23:51 GMT

I have looked through the documentation for Apache 2.048 as well as 
v.1.3 and have not been able to find a working solution. I have also 
searched the web in many places and still cannot find the answer.

Problem: I am having problems getting Apache to serve files that contain 
special characters in their name such as ñ (ntilde) and accents.
For example, a referring page will have an anchor with an href with the 
actual character and another link with the escaped value (%F1). When 
attempting to follow either of the links, Apache returns a 404 
indicating object not found.
The error log shows that apache is mapping the URI to an incorrect path.

refering page (/tc/linker.html)
<a href="ñfile.html">ñ non-escaped</a><br>
<a href="%F1file.html">ñ escaped</a>

error log:
File does not exist: C:/apps/apache2/Apache2/htdocs/tc

BTW, the space character (escaped or non-escaped) works fine.
I have looked at Multiviews but this does not appear to help either. I 
have verified that the ISO-8859-1 is stated in the config file. Does 
anyone have experience with configuring apache for serving such files?

Your help is greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.


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