Re: [xep-support] Problems with external-graphics and files on network share (XEP 3.77, win 2k)

From: Nikolai Grigoriev (
Date: Fri May 14 2004 - 01:00:52 PDT

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    > With XEP 2.72 this worked fine. Howerver after upgrading
    > to XEP 3.77 this does not work. I get the following error:
    > [error] Invalid URL or non-existent file:
    > \\\caaa013n\propfiles\Photos\61\61040602.jpg
    > It works if the files are located on the same server as xep.
    > Since no configuration changes are made on the servers and
    > it *still* works fine with XEP 2.72, I suppose something
    > has changed in XEP 3.77?

    Too many things changed in these two years - there is not much
    common code between XEP 2.72 and XEP 3.77 :-). In its current
    shape, XEP should work with UNC notations specified using
    an even number of slashes:


    or simply


    This works with Sun JRE 1.3 and 1.4. However, other Java
    machines may have their own quirks about parsing UNC-style
    file URLs; additionally, most servlet engines have a bad habit
    to redefine URL handlers, and forget to take UNC names
    into account. For maximum safety, I'd rather recommend
    mapping a network disk and accessing the images through a drive letter.

    Best regards,
    Nikolai Grigoriev

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