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Re: [xsl] Escaping special characters for *nix file path

Subject: Re: [xsl] Escaping special characters for *nix file path
From: Michael Kay <mike@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sun, 29 Jul 2012 13:41:47 +0100

On 29/07/2012 03:43, Lighton Phiri wrote:
I am trying to dynamically create a *nix compatible file path by
pulling information off of database tables. A number of resulting
paths have special characters that need to be escaped to be considered
valid file paths. The path below is an example of what I am dealing

/data/Sites/3218AD Eland's Bay/Bobbejaansberg/BB15/

For path above to be valid in *nix, I need to escape 'spaces', 'single
quote' with 'backslash' to get output below

/data/Sites/3218AD\ Eland\'s\ Bay/Bobbejaansberg/BB15/

I've been trying to play around with the 'replace' function and
'disable-output-escaping', but can't seem to make it work --see
snippet below.

Well, disable-output-escaping certainly won't help. That's all about XML escaping (using &) and will have no effect at all on backslash-escaping.

You want something like

replace($x, '[ \n\t\r\\]', '\$0')

Michael Kay

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