[TxMt] trouble with e_url in escape.rb (TextMate 2, Mavericks, Ruby 2.x)

Matt Neuburg matt at tidbits.com
Fri Jan 10 02:21:00 UTC 2014

Deep in the TextMate bundle is escape.rb, containing this utility:

# URL escape a string but preserve slashes (idea being we have a file system path that we want to use with file://)
def e_url(str)
  str.gsub(/([^a-zA-Z0-9\/_.-]+)/n) do
    '%' + $1.unpack('H2' * $1.size).join('%').upcase

The problem is that the "n" modifier on the match requires that this string (str) be ASCII-8BIT encoding. But on the Mac a file system path is UTF-8. Thus it is possible that this method will be sent a UTF-8 string and will choke on it. For example:


[That's "howdy" with an umlaut over the o, in case it doesn't come across in your email.]

Now, it is legal to make a file:// URL that points to this file. But e_url is failing to create such a URL and we get a warning.

I suggest that this utility may need to be revised for use with Mavericks and Ruby 2.x.


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