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Spaces in filename - Potential problem?

I have PDFs that have spaces in the name



4:32 pm on Nov 27, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I have several PDFs that I have to serve up and the current filenames have multiple spaces in the name like "ABC Widget Spec Sheet.pdf" and I don't want to rename which would make for confusion. Am I going to run into any problems serving these pages(Apache 1.3)? My experience tells me no, but is there any browser specific issues (or any other issues for that matter) that I might run into?


7:08 pm on Nov 27, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Well, modern browsers and file systems **will** correctly connect with file names with spaces, but IMO it's still a bad idea.

<a href="ABC Widget Spec Sheet.pdf">See PDF</a>

When you follow this link, here's what appears in the address bar, or the URL that gets bookmarked:


Uhhhhg-Leeee. It's just a sloppy way to work. If you like the file-name recognition, use underscores or dashes:



2:33 pm on Nov 28, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I agree that the %20 is ugly, but I do have many files that I would have to replace the spaces with dashes - anyone have a perl one-liner or command line command to replace all spaces with dashes by any chance?


2:56 pm on Nov 28, 2007 (gmt 0)

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% rename 'tr/ /\-/' *

That did the trick on linux anyway.


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