[EP-tech] Eprints-Elements and the "ę"

John Salter J.Salter at leeds.ac.uk
Tue Nov 13 14:04:15 GMT 2018

Are these characters in the filename, or in the author field for the record to which the document is being uploaded?

From: James Kerwin [mailto:jkerwin2101 at gmail.com]
Sent: 13 November 2018 13:59
To: John Salter <J.Salter at leeds.ac.uk>
Cc: eprints-tech at ecs.soton.ac.uk
Subject: Re: [EP-tech] Eprints-Elements and the "ę"

Hi John,

It was mostly trial and error using the pointers you gave me the first time I had upload trouble (upload a plain text file with a simple filename etc). It let me upload it with me as the author which is when I looked towards the "special" characters.

I've just done another upload on Test straight to EPrints (going around Elements and RT1/Crosswalks) including the author with special characters. It turns out there's both an "ę" and a "ł" (I thought it was an L, but it has a wiggle through the middle). Both letters by themselves cause the error (e.g. remove the ę it still happens, remove the ł it still happens, remove both and it's fine).

The upload straight to EPrints didn't work. When I clicked next it gave me the error below (not sure how this mailing list handles images). When I exchanged the characters for their more typical counterparts it went on without issue.


I'm not an expert, but I suspect now that this may be more a server issue than specifically EPrints as I would expect EPrints to refuse to save it or give me an EPrints-style warning.


On Tue, Nov 13, 2018 at 12:55 PM John Salter <J.Salter at leeds.ac.uk<mailto:J.Salter at leeds.ac.uk>> wrote:
Hi James,
If you add a record directly to EPrints, and use the character ę in a name (or other field), does it save OK?
I've just tried on a 3.3.10 install, and it seems to handle this without any issues - which might point to the issue being elsewhere.

Is there anything in the error logs regarding this - or was it a trial-and-error approach to find the cause of the problems?


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Sent: 13 November 2018 12:16
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Subject: [EP-tech] Eprints-Elements and the "ę"

Hi all,

We have Elements and EPrints. Recently an article couldn't be uploaded to EPrints from Elements. After a fair bit of messing around, I've worked out the letter "ę" is preventing the file upload (I removed the author with this letter and the file went on without a problem).

Unfortunately, this means the problem is with EPrints. Does anybody know of a straight-forward way of getting this to work without necessarily changing the spelling of the author's name?

I found this which I think might be my answer, but we're using 3.3.14 so maybe there is another solution?


All advice and guidance greatly appreciated as ever!

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