file:/ vs file://<host>/ vs file:///

Fred Drake fdrake at
Thu Nov 4 23:58:51 EET 2004

On Thu, 4 Nov 2004 22:45:18 +0100, Kenneth Wimer <wimer at> wrote:
> Why don't we have a relative path definition (outside of the fact that
> it is not defined in RFCXXXX)? Wouldn't it be usefull and someowhat easy
> to implement (somewhat like KDE's file:/foo) in addition to the rest? It
> seems logical to me. Why does it make it dangerous as you say...I don't
> quite get that.

A relative path can be specified using a relative path just fine.  For
example, if I want to refer the file "blah" in my current directory, I
would use:


This is called a "relative URI reference", and is discussed in RFC 2396.


Fred L. Drake, Jr.    <fdrake at>
Zope Corporation

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