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net/http: ServeMux should not cleanup requests path and redirect by default #19481

ipostelnik opened this issue Mar 9, 2017 · 1 comment


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@ipostelnik ipostelnik commented Mar 9, 2017

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What version of Go are you using (go version)?

go version go1.7.3 darwin/amd64

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What did you do?

http.ServerMux always forces a redirect to cleaned up path (e.g. . and .. removed, empty path components removed, etc..). Specifically, removing an empty component can change the meaning of the URI. In a general case, the handlers should be able to see raw requested URI and decide how the want to handle it. FileSystem handler may want to cleanup paths in this way, but for other cases this is unexpected behavior.

What did you expect to see?

Request for /foo//bar gets redirected to /foo/bar.

What did you see instead?

Request for /foo//bar gets dispatched to the proper handler that matches this URI without cleanup.

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@bradfitz bradfitz commented Mar 9, 2017

Sorry, it's too late to change this, regardless of whether it's a good idea or not.

It's also a documented feature:

ServeMux also takes care of sanitizing the URL request path, redirecting any request containing . or .. elements or repeated slashes to an equivalent, cleaner URL.

There are hundreds of alternative muxes available. See to find some.

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