[ngw] GW 8 - Little bug with attachments containing forward slash

Jeffrey Sessler jeff at ScrippsCollege.edu
Wed Apr 7 16:24:58 UTC 2010

That's just it... slashes are legal for some OSes such as the Macintosh, and thus the file name as it stands is AOK. That said, I agree that it's not a good idea, but GroupWise should handle them just the same. By handling, I mean substitute the forward slashes for something else.

Webaccess already attempts to substitute for attachment names on uploads. For example, if one attempts to upload an attachment from a Macintosh with a forward slash in it's name, it appears to substitute a colon (:) for the slash (at least as the browser displays it). Of course, a colon is a bad thing on a Mac since it's illegal for a file name. That said, when an attachment with a colon (:) in its name is downloaded on the Mac, Webaccess substitutes a dash (-) for the colon.

Thus, it looks like there is some magic going on, but not in the case of a forward slash.


>>> Peter Van Lone  04/07/10 5:35 AM >>>
slashes are not legal characters in a file name. The fact that it works AT
ALL is remarkable to me. The sender should be enlightened.


On Tue, Apr 6, 2010 at 6:45 PM, Jeffrey Sessler wrote:

> Here's an interesting bug I found concerning attachment names with a
> forward slash in them, and GW 8.0.1HP Webaccess. There are partial problems
> in both the Mac and Windows clients too.
> I had a user with a email containing several attachments and she was unable
> to view/open/save-as in Webaccess. Browser didn't seem to matter.
> Both attachment names, as displayed in Webaccess, ended with a date e.g.
> "My File for you 3/19/10.pdf"
> On webaccess, I could see the attachment names, but when I clicked on
> view/open/save-as I'd get a 404-Object not found error.
> On Win/Mac GW 8 client, both attachments where there, but had names
> shortened to just "10.PDF" , but they would still open and were viewable.
> So, it appears that GroupWise is not handling the forward slash properly
> when it appears in an attachment's name. For Webaccess it results in an
> inability to access the attachment. For Win/Mac Client, the attachment name
> gets mangled.
> best,
> Jeff
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