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Bug 374341 - Won't load files with relative path and : in name
Won't load files with relative path and : in name
Product: gnome-vfs
Classification: Deprecated
Component: URI handling
Other Linux
: Normal minor
: ---
Assigned To: Christian Neumair
gnome-vfs maintainers
Depends on:
Reported: 2006-11-12 16:50 UTC by Sven Arvidsson
Modified: 2018-08-17 13:53 UTC
See Also:
GNOME target: ---
GNOME version: ---

Proposed patch (886 bytes, patch)
2007-03-04 14:31 UTC, Christian Neumair
none Details | Review

Description Sven Arvidsson 2006-11-12 16:50:30 UTC
This bug was reported to the Debian BTS.

"There seems to be some problems with the quoting with files that have
colons in the name.  Here's a transcript showing the problem.

dpt@amaryllis:/tmp$ evince
dpt@amaryllis:/tmp$ mv t\
dpt@amaryllis:/tmp$ evince t\
[Gives error:
Unable to open document
Unsupported operation]
dpt@amaryllis:/tmp$ evince /tmp/t\
Comment 1 Wouter Bolsterlee (uws) 2006-12-08 16:54:30 UTC
I think this clashes with URL support.
Comment 2 Carlos Garcia Campos 2007-01-18 16:23:42 UTC
It's a gnome-vfs bug, gnome_vfs_make_uri_from_shell_arg() doesn't return a valid uri when filename is a relative path and contains ':'. Reassigning. 
Comment 3 Christian Neumair 2007-03-04 14:31:11 UTC
Created attachment 83891 [details] [review]
Proposed patch

Thanks for your bug report and your analysis.

gnome_vfs_make_uri_from_shell_arg() indeed treats all file names containing a ':' character that is only preceeded by letters (and other characters that are accepted as scheme specifier in the URI RFC) as a raw URI.

The attached patch changes the algorithm to only match against schemes that have an associated method, i.e. we're expected to be able to deal with. This will not resolve the issue for file names like "file:" or "ftp:" but it should be a progress. I didn't want to stat the passed-in file name, as I don't think this helper is meant to do any data-related I/O (besides the added method lookup which might kick off I/O as well).
Comment 4 Alexander Larsson 2007-03-05 09:14:38 UTC
Comment 5 Christian Kellner 2007-03-13 12:00:52 UTC
I had to revert that patch to fix bug #417595. We must not break gnome-vfs uri support for methods that we don't handle with a gnome-vfs method since we don't know if apps are using GnomeVFSUri for their special uris (i.e. yelp does).
Comment 6 André Klapper 2018-08-17 13:53:29 UTC
gnome-vfs got deprecated in 2008.

gnome-vfs is not under active development anymore and had its last code changes
in 2011. Its codebase has been archived:

gio (in glib) and gvfs are its successors. See and for porting info.

Closing this report as WONTFIX as part of Bugzilla Housekeeping to reflect
reality. Feel free to open a task in GNOME Gitlab if the issue described in this task still applies to a recent + supported version of glib/gio/gvfs. Thanks!