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Re: Board Truncating Links

Post by Alan Baxter » Sat Feb 04, 2012 12:17 am

Giorgio Maone wrote:It seems to be a well known phpbb3 issue

The MozillaZine forums don't have this issue, and earlier versions of this board -- I think even after updating to phpbb3 -- didn't have this problem. Do the phpbb forums discuss this relatively new bug? Hasn't phpbb released a fix yet?
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Re: Board Truncating Links

Post by therube » Sat Feb 04, 2012 1:09 am

But it seems to only have started recently?


123456789*123456789*123456789*123456789*123456789*12345|<--- 55 chars
http://www.123.xx19/123456789/123456789/123456789/12345

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123456789*123456789*123456789*123456789*123456789*12345|<--- 55 chars
http://www.123.xx19/123456789/123456789/123456789/12345


123456789*123456789*123456789*123456789*123456789*123456789*|<--- 60 chars
http://www.123.xx19/123456789/123456789 ... 123456789/

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123456789*123456789*123456789*123456789*123456789*123456789*|<--- 60 chars
http://www.123.xx19/123456789/123456789/123456789/123456789/



55-characters seems to be the cutoff point.

56 & above are ellipsed, which would be fine, but the actual links are invalidated.

This (the invalidation) does not occur (at least at that point) on mozillaZine, http://forums.mozillazine.org/viewtopic ... #p11701211. (Don't know what version of phpBB they are running?)

Heh. http://forums.mozillazine.org/viewtopic.php?f=37&t=2411843&p=11701211#p11701211
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Re: Board Truncating Links

Post by therube » Sun Feb 05, 2012 2:05 pm

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Re: Board Truncating Links

Post by Alan Baxter » Sun Feb 05, 2012 4:20 pm

therube wrote:(I know this was discussed before but I'm not finding it.)

It's in the Metaforum. I've merged them.

Giorgio Maone wrote:It seems to be a well known phpbb3 issue, and frankly I cannot see any reasonable solution that doesn't involve excessive messing with the original code.
A work-around is suggested here, i.e. wrapping long links in [url][/url] tags.

I can't find any mention of this particular problem on the phpbb site. This problem does not occur in any of the other forums I've tested it in:
https://adblockplus.org/forum/index.php
http://forums.lanik.us/index.php
http://forums.fanboy.co.nz/forums/
http://forums.mozillazine.org/index.php

At this time, it appears to be a problem only on http://forums.informaction.com.

In particular, here's a concise description of the problem which I posted a month ago in http://forums.informaction.com/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=7927#p33999.
Alan Baxter wrote:I see it now. Just previewing the message an extra time or quoting it causes the incorrect shortened link to be used instead of the original one....

If I recall correctly, phpBB used to preserve the links correctly when being quoted or previewed a second time. Looks like a new bug to me. I'll provide steps to reproduce right here too:

Steps to reproduce:
Note that this link is clickable, http://info.yahoo.com/privacy/us/yahoo/ ... tails.html
even though it's display is abbreviated to

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http://info.yahoo.com/privacy/us/yahoo/ ... tails.html

Now quote this post with the quote button.
Actual result: The link is mangled and becomes unclickable.
Expected result: The link is still clickable even though it's still displayed in its abbreviated form.

I'm sure this used to work. Even editing a post doesn't work correctly anymore.

Edit: Thanks for reminding me that I can work around the problem in my posts with the [url] tag. It does not address the problem where the link is mangled in someone else's post. therube had to guess what url someone was using in this support topic.
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Re: Truncation of URLs is breaking the links

Post by therube » Wed May 02, 2012 2:11 pm

Tom wrote:There is a known phpBB issue with long links being truncated, while short ones: www.example.com work fine.
Yes, the workaround is to use URL tags. It's PHP, not this forum, and is a known issue. Don't know if they intend to fix it.


Allan wrote:I can't find any mention of this particular problem on the phpbb site. This problem does not occur in any of the other forums I've tested it in:

http://... (<--- this is not broken, just the way I wrote it ;-))

At this time, it appears to be a problem only on http://forums.informaction.com.

That is the way I see it too, only here, & only relatively recently.
Perhaps it is a general issue with phpBB, but others have implemented work-arounds?
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