Spaces in filenames?

Rob Harris robh at
Thu Feb 21 05:49:35 UTC 2008

Aaah, I forgot the %20 trick, I'll modify the program accordingly.

Thanks,  RobH.
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Geoff Shang" <Geoff at>
To: "Linux for blind general discussion" <blinux-list at>
Sent: Wednesday, February 20, 2008 9:21 PM
Subject: Re: Spaces in filenames?

Rob Harris wrote:

> Are spaces allowed in filenames?


> I shovelled some songs to my web site
> which is running apache and it is giving an error with the link yet the
> names are copied absolutely by a program generating the link list.  Do I
> have to modify all the files names and re-run and indeed re-upload all
> stuff?

URLs cannot contain spaces.  You either need to replace them with plus
signs (which I hardly ever see anyone do these days), or escape them as %20
(20 hexadecimal = 32 decimal which is the character number of the space
character).  So to post a link to a file called The Beatles - Help.mp3 you
use something like this:

If this doesn't answer your question, maybe give us a filename and the URL
for it which doesn't work.


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