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RE: svn 1.8.1 fails on underscore in the tunnel protocol

From: Geoff Field <Geoff_Field_at_aapl.com.au>
Date: Mon, 19 Aug 2013 10:02:35 +1000

> From: Bert Huijben
> Sent: Saturday, 17 August 2013 9:18 AM
> > From: Branko ─îibej
> > Sent: vrijdag 16 augustus 2013 23:29
> > On 16.08.2013 23:10, Eric Hall wrote:
> > > Hello-
> > > We have a custom tunnel protocol withrepository URLs of
> the form:
> > >
> > > svn+foo_bar://
> > >
> > > After upgrading from svn 1.7.x to 1.8.1, these URLs are
> considered
> > > invalid, giving an error of:
> > >
> > > svn: E170000: Illegal repository URL
> > >
> > > This occurs on an 'svn up' or an 'svn checkout'.
> > >
> > > Changing the tunnel protocol name to 'foobar' (i.e. drop the
> > underscore)
> > > appears to work properly, both 'svn up' and 'svn
> checkout' work fine.
> > >
> > > Is this a bug, or should tunnel protocols not have
> underscores in
> > them?
> >
> > See RFC 3986, section 3.1:
> >
> > http://www.ietf.org/rfc/rfc3986.txt
> >
> > Underscores are not allowed in the URL scheme. It would appear that
> > allowing them was a bug in previous versions of Subversion.

Reading through that RFC, I note the following paragraph:

2.3. Unreserved Characters

   Characters that are allowed in a URI but do not have a reserved
   purpose are called unreserved. These include uppercase and lowercase
   letters, decimal digits, hyphen, period, underscore, and tilde.

      unreserved = ALPHA / DIGIT / "-" / "." / "_" / "~"

To me, this quite clearly states that underscores ARE permitted in URLs. Any code that fails to allow them is contrary to the RFC.

> The related change was not in Subversion itself, but in
> apr-util 1.5.2.
> [[
> *) apr_uri_parse(): Do not accept invalid characters in the scheme.
> Per RFC 3986 3.3, enforce that the first segment of a
> relative path does
> not contain a colon. PR 52479.
> ]]

That's about a colon, not an underscore.

Regards,

Geoff

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