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bug#5345: Password asked when visiting a file in a lightweight checkout

From: Reiner Steib
Subject: bug#5345: Password asked when visiting a file in a lightweight checkout
Date: Sun, 10 Jan 2010 15:10:50 +0100
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On Sat, Jan 09 2010, Juanma Barranquero wrote:

> According to RFC 1738 ("Uniform Resource Locators (URL)"),
> section 3.10 ("FILES"), the syntax is
>      file://<host>/<path>
> i.e., the slashes are separators. And "[a]s a special case, <host> can
> be the string "localhost" or the empty string; this is interpreted as
> `the machine from which the URL is being interpreted'.". So
> file:///C:/path is a perfectly valid URL for a local file on Windows,
> as a shorthand for file://localhost/C:/path. I'm surprised Unix URLs
> for absolute paths do not start with file:////.

I think the RFC assumes that the leading "/" is not part of the
directory name, so file://<host>/<path> with <host> = localhost and
<path> = /etc/fstab (etc/fstab relative to /) becomes
file:///etc/fstab just like /pub/README on ftp.gnu.org is written as
ftp://ftp.gnu.org/pub/README and not ftp://ftp.gnu.org//pub/README

,----[ rfc1738 ]
| 3.10 FILES
|    The file URL scheme is used to designate files accessible on a
|    particular host computer. This scheme, unlike most other URL schemes,
|    does not designate a resource that is universally accessible over the
|    Internet.
|    A file URL takes the form:
|        file://<host>/<path>
|    where <host> is the fully qualified domain name of the system on
|    which the <path> is accessible, and <path> is a hierarchical
|    directory path of the form <directory>/<directory>/.../<name>.

Bye, Reiner.
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