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From "Eric Covener" <>
Subject Re: [users@httpd] Differences between different Apaches in file requests
Date Thu, 25 Sep 2008 12:48:47 GMT
On Thu, Sep 25, 2008 at 8:23 AM, André Warnier <> wrote:

> In that respect, yes you should.  The client should not have to know on
> which platform the server is running, and send a fundamentally different URL
> depending.

You don't have to know the platform. You have to know the filename
byte-by-byte (typically by following a proper link).

> I did the following experiment : on a Linux Debian Apache 2.2.4 server, I copied the
file "joaquín.gif" in the document root.

I don't have too much experience here, but was the filename morphed
into some other codeset during the copy (mount option, editor, etc)?

> In any case, that the Windows incarnation of Apache 2.x would return a 403 code (instead
of the less inappropriate 404) is still another issue.
> The URL requested is not illegal, nor is this document submitted to any kind of permission
or authorization.

IMO The 403 is returned in a path where errors imply a high likelyhood
of someone actively trying to fool the server -- I don't think a 403
is too inappropriate here.

I don't know if any other status code would be appealing enough to
motivate trapping this error early (i.e. don't bother trying to map to
a file if there's invalid utf-8 somewhere in the URL on windows).

Eric Covener

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