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Thread: Viewing Url's with a dash (-) in them?

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    Question Viewing Url's with a dash (-) in them?

    Hi, I'm new to this forum so I'm not quite sure where this would go but since I'm a beginner I thought it may seem appropriate.

    I want to view a url with a dash/hyphen in it but I can't on Firefox or Chromium
    ex: -example.tumblr.com
    or: example-.tumblr.com

    Is there any way to get around this?

    Thank you!

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    Re: Viewing Url's with a dash (-) in them?

    Can you give us a real url?

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    Re: Viewing Url's with a dash (-) in them?

    According to some quick searching a label in a domain (string delimited by ".") should never begin or end with a hyphen. I'm not sure where this is codified as a formal rule but because of this firefox probably doesn't consider these valid domain names.

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    Re: Viewing Url's with a dash (-) in them?

    When I was using windows, I was always able to view any url like those on Firefox/Chrome/etc.

    Is it just a Ubuntu thing I guess then?

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    Re: Viewing Url's with a dash (-) in them?

    Tumblr doesn't allow hyphens at the beginning or end of a URL. Have you tried removing the it? (e.g. http://p0keball.tumblr.com/)

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    Re: Viewing Url's with a dash (-) in them?

    They did for a long time but then they stopped allowing people to use hyphens there.
    Now the only people that can use them are the ones that have kept them from the beginning.

    But that's a whole different person if I take out the hyphen.

    I figured out how to follow the person but I just can't view her blog/ask questions unfortunately.

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    Re: Viewing Url's with a dash (-) in them?

    It's not Ubuntu specific; checked it with Firefoefox in Crunchbang Statler and Firefox also complains about the original URL
    If you don't make backups of your important data, your data is obviously not important to you.

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    Re: Viewing Url's with a dash (-) in them?

    Quote Originally Posted by Wim Sturkenboom View Post
    It's not Ubuntu specific; checked it with Firefoefox in Crunchbang Statler and Firefox also complains about the original URL
    Does that mean it wouldn't work in Windows as well then? I never had problems there...

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    Re: Viewing Url's with a dash (-) in them?

    It works on Safari, Chrome, and Firefox for OS X and Windows 7.

    UPDATE: I am unable to "ping" or "traceroute" the url in Linux, error: cannot handle "host." This leads me to believe that the browsers are not at fault.
    Last edited by brandlerson; June 3rd, 2011 at 08:31 PM.

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