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Re: Converting filenames to file: URIs

From: Graham Klyne <gk@ninebynine.org>
Date: Fri, 13 May 2005 15:13:53 +0100
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To: John Cowan <jcowan@reutershealth.com>
Cc: uri@w3.org

At 08:51 13/05/05 -0400, John Cowan wrote:
> > (I would argue that converting file:/// to ftp:/// in the absence of
> > specific knowledge about the host system is broken.)
>I am not aware of any browser that actually does that; certainly
>Lynx (or more accurately libwww) does not, as a quick test will
>make clear.  What it does do is convert "file://example.com/..."
>into "ftp://example.com/...", which is entirely plausible.

I would argue that this, too, is broken as a general conversion:  an FTP 
server at a given host is capable of serving just a subtree of the file 
system;  e.g., FTP servers may 'chroot' to a restricted directory for 
anonymous access.


Graham Klyne
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