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sr #108433: "&" text in bug discussion was reduced to "&" in the corresponding E-Mail message

Submitted by:  Nutchanon Wetchasit <nachanon>
Submitted on:  Tue 05 Nov 2013 01:57:24 PM UTC  
Category:  Savannah trackers - bugs, tasks, etc. Priority:  5 - Normal
Severity:  3 - Normal Status:  Done
Assigned to:  None Operating System:  None
Open/Closed:  Closed

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Thu 02 Jun 2016 10:03:48 PM UTC, comment #9:

thanks nutchanon. closing.

Karl Berry <karl>
Site Administrator
Thu 02 Jun 2016 04:27:43 AM UTC, comment #8:

I have briefly tested and found that both HTML entities and backslashes,
in and out of verbatim tag, are now displayed literally in both received
email and mailing list archive view.


Test Savannah post:
Mailing list view:

Test Savannah post:
Mailing list view:

Nutchanon Wetchasit <nachanon>
Tue 31 May 2016 10:57:54 PM UTC, comment #7:

Nutchanon and anyone else - i hope the changes to do proper html and backslash escaping are in now (thanks to sergey p). it worked for me in my test ( please report back, yea or nay ... thanks, karl.

Karl Berry <karl>
Site Administrator
Mon 09 May 2016 01:31:11 AM UTC, comment #6:

Karl, That sounds good. I am also 100% dedicated for the Savannah system upgrades happening now. However after that I would be available for assistance. Because something has happened with it I will mark this as "in progress".

Bob Proulx <rwp>
Site Administrator
Sun 08 May 2016 09:34:02 PM UTC, comment #5:

bob, we have had a fix from sergey for quite a while. assaf updated it for savane code (sergey's was for his puszca, essentially the same code base). i just haven't had the dedicated time to install it (and be able to test it, back out if problems, etc.). and right now i am 500% overcommitted with tex live. maybe after that release is out ...

Karl Berry <karl>
Site Administrator
Sun 08 May 2016 07:07:45 PM UTC, comment #4:

As you can tell by the lack of any responses or progress on this issue that resources to provide core code development for Savannah are in short supply. Perhaps I should say nonexistent. You are obviously interested and motivated by this problem. Is this something that you would be able to supply a PHP code fix for Savannah?

Bob Proulx <rwp>
Site Administrator
Sun 08 May 2016 06:57:49 PM UTC, comment #3:

The backslash character problem was reported by other users as sr #107565.

Nutchanon Wetchasit <nachanon>
Sun 06 Sep 2015 12:03:56 PM UTC, comment #2:

This is not limited to HTML entities, backslashes in the post are also affected.

See this post on Savannah:

Compared to the same post on mailing list:

You'd see that backslashes inside verbatim tag (and a character that
followed each of them) have been disappeared from the email content.

Nutchanon Wetchasit <nachanon>
Tue 11 Aug 2015 08:02:55 AM UTC, comment #1:

This issue is still reproducible.

Compare mailing list view:

to Savanae view on comment 7 of sr #108277:

You'll see that common named entities like ampersand, no-breaking space,
greater-than symbol, lesser-than symbol are affected.

Less-common ones like copyright symbol, registered trademark symbol,
ordinary trademark symbol, and numeric entities (both decimal and hexadecimal)
are not affected.

Not sure that it's Savanae's fault or the mailing engine that Savanae uses.
But this surely makes discussion that involves HTML code awkward.

Nutchanon Wetchasit <nachanon>
Tue 05 Nov 2013 01:57:24 PM UTC, original submission:

Note: please read this on Savannah directly, since this issue
may affect thread's E-Mail content.

I have some problem posting to Savannah's support item page,
and this problem is somehow specific to a postings that contain
HTML character entity reference.

When I post a comment that have HTML character entity reference
in it, it results in the correct posting when viewed from Savannah.

But when I viewed the thread from E-Mail, some character entity
was decoded (instead of displayed verbatim) causing confusion,
especially if that thread was a discussion that involved HTML code.

Reproducing steps:

- Log in to GNU Savannah

- Visit some random Savannah support item
(in this case, sr #108277 which I originally encountered the issue)

- Type this in the "Add a new Comment" textbox:

- Click "Submit Changes" on top of the page.

- Check your E-Mail for the message from Savannah.

- You'd see that in the message content:
"&amp;" will be turned to "&"
"&gt;" turned to ">"
and "&lt;" turned to "<"
(although "&#39;" and "&#x22;" were left intact)

Nutchanon Wetchasit <nachanon>


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    Date Changed by Updated Field Previous Value => Replaced by
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    2016-05-31 karl StatusIn Progress => Ready For Test
    2016-05-09 rwp StatusNone => In Progress

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