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Multiple IE Shotcuts with URLs in App-V RRS feed

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  • Hello everyone.

    Something strange is going on with our IE links that we packaged together with an app. We have 2 additional IE shotcuts pointing to iexplore.exe https://someurl.com . I open the first link - works fine. I close the IE windows and open another one - works fine. But when i leave one IE window open and try to open another link from the package, it tries to open http://%22https://someurl.com%22 . %22 is an " in UTF-8

    That does not happen when i open 2 urls locally or from 2d different app-v packages. Client 5.1 HF9

    SOLVED (I'll keep it here for everyone that may encouunter it)

    Links actually looked like iexplore.com "https://someurl.com" - i removed the " ", now it's working fine. Still no idea why app-v can't handle it corectly..

    • Edited by Alex_Bodin Wednesday, April 18, 2018 7:38 AM solved
    Wednesday, April 18, 2018 7:21 AM

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  • I don't understand why having 1 IE window open changed the results at all, but I believe this is due to URL encoding. %22 is HTML for "

    Try this:

    take "www.google.com" and copy it into clipboard, and paste it into a new IE tab.  What IE tries to browse to is "http://%22www.google.com%22/"
    This site is also pretty cool, it shows you what text you typed and how it gets encoded into HTML URL
    https://www.w3schools.com/tags/ref_urlencode.asp

    So I don't think its App-V not handling it correctly (did the sequencer pick up those values on its own?).  You also have to keep in mind XML formatting, I have a few packages with '&' in the shortcut (don't ask), and if I put the & directly into the XML it doesn't work, you have to use &.

    Like I said above the only thing I can't wrap my brain around is why it ever worked, but probably some nuanced thing with how iexplorer.exe was being called.

    Thursday, April 19, 2018 12:33 PM
  • Alex,

    Any chance you could send me the offending package?  Sounds like something I can detect and include in the automated fixes in my soon to be announced new tooling.   Send to tmangan at TMurgent dot com.

    Tim


    App-V MVP & CTP Fellow. Author of AppV books: PowerShell with App-V 5, The Application Book, & Window Caching (http://www.tmurgent.com/Books)

    Thursday, April 26, 2018 5:15 PM
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