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RE: [Subclipse-users] Can't create folder with square brackets

From: David Balažic <david.balazic_at_comtrade.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 14:02:22 +0200

Maybe some of the possibilities mentioned here: http://stackoverflow.com/a/16226168/822870

David Balažic
Software Engineer

From: Mark Phippard [mailto:markphip_at_gmail.com]
Sent: 24. October 2014 13:12
To: users_at_subclipse.tigris.org
Subject: Re: [Subclipse-users] Can't create folder with square brackets
Importance: Low

Is it not pretty clear already that is what we have tried to do? Find one better and let us know.

On Oct 24, 2014, at 7:05 AM, David Balažic <david.balazic_at_comtrade.com<mailto:david.balazic_at_comtrade.com>> wrote:
Yes, there it reproduces for me too. (trying to create a folder in the »SVN Repository Exploring« perspective)

I updated to subclipse 1.10.6 and now the characters [ and ] work, but others still don't, like # or %.

I suggest using an existing encoding method instead of reinventing the wheel, because »home made« solutions are always full of problems like these.

David Balažic
Software Engineer

From: Stephen Elsemore [mailto:selsemore_at_collab.net]
Sent: 23. October 2014 16:07
To: users_at_subclipse.tigris.org<mailto:users_at_subclipse.tigris.org>
Subject: Re: [Subclipse-users] Can't create folder with square brackets
Importance: Low

I was able to reproduce the problem by right clicking a folder in the SVN Repositories view, selecting New -> New remote folder, and then trying to add a folder with square brackets in the name. I got:
org.apache.subversion.javahl.ClientException: Bogus URL svn: URL 'myurlwithbrackets' is not properly URI-encoded
I got similar errors if I tried to show history for a folder or file with square brackets in the name.

On Thu, Oct 23, 2014 at 4:01 PM, Mark Phippard <markphip_at_gmail.com<mailto:markphip_at_gmail.com>> wrote:
On Thu, Oct 23, 2014 at 9:45 AM, David Balažic <david.balazic_at_comtrade.com<mailto:david.balazic_at_comtrade.com>> wrote:

I was curious and tried to reproduce the problem, but could not.
I have Eclipse Kepler SR-2 (v4.3.2) with:
  Subclipse (Required) 1.10.5
  Subversion Client Adapter (Required) 1.10.1
  Subversion JavaHL Native Library Adapter 1.8.10

With repository on VisualSVN Server 3.0.0

I created , updated, viewed the log of a folder with sqaure brackets in its name but everything worked without error.
Does the error happen in some special circumstances?

Steve fixed this before I ever tried it. Not sure what he did to test it. The OP mentions creating a folder. Did you try doing it against the remote repository? It is possible you do not see this if you do it locally and then just commit the folder.

In general, when a URL is passed to the SVN API it has to be URI-encoded. So, as an example, we have to convert spaces to %20. Any character that has to be converted to a %xx value has to be done this way. We handle this in the toString() method of our SVNUrl class:

public String toString() {

       // The URI class will throw Exception if there are spaces in the URL, but it seems

       // to handle other classes OK. I tested with @ + and Unicode characters. It leaves

       // the @ and + alone and converts Unicode to %nn. It is possible there are other

       // characters we need to replace here besides space.

       String s = get().replace(" ", "%20").replace("[", "%5B").replace("]","%5D");

              try {

                      URI u = new URI(s);

                      return u.toASCIIString();

              } catch (URISyntaxException e) {

                      return s;



So most of the work happens in the URI.toASCIIString() method that we call. As the comment notes, this method does not convert spaces (and possibly other characters). I assume that Steve confirmed that it does not convert brackets and so he added those to the manual exceptions. I have not checked if that is right or wrong, but that is what is needed here in general.

SVN itself handles all of this fine internally. The only issue is when we have to directly provide one of these URL's in an API call.

Mark Phippard
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