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I was having trouble with Safari not loading my pages. When I first ran the browser it would load about five pages normally, then it kept saying "Contacting http://www.anything.com" (i.e. any site) and never loaded a thing. So I opened the Console app and found these message:

2004-01-15 17:42:28.961 Safari[542] Conversion to encoding 30 
 failed for string "(?  ?) iBook:private..."
So I figured the odd characters or the spaces in the name of my hard drive were causing some kind of conflict. When I changed it to a simple "iBook," it fixed the issue for me.

Hope this helps someone; if you keep having trouble, I would suggest taking a look at your Console.
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Hard disk naming can cause Safari page load issues
Authored by: gospodin_david on Jan 26, '04 11:47:59AM

This occurs, at the very least, when you have Cyrillic, Japanese, and/or Chinese characters in your hard drive's name. I'd be willing to bet that Safari is limited to characters from the Apple Western or the ISO Latin 1 character sets.



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Hard disk naming can cause Safari page load issues
Authored by: panopticon on Jan 26, '04 03:25:41PM

It's probably not a good idea to use spaces when naming a hard drive....



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Hard disk naming can cause Safari page load issues
Authored by: Toc on Jan 26, '04 05:34:36PM

I have four partitions all with spaces and never had any trouble except for trying to type the path out in Terminal.

I name them:
G4 Work
<space>G4<space>Work
G4 Panther
<space>G4<space>Panther
G4 Apps
<space>G4<space>Apps
G4 Data
<space>G4<space>Data

No problems at all.



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Hard disk naming can cause Safari page load issues
Authored by: Tom Robinson on Jan 27, '04 01:57:23PM

To change to a directory with spaces in it in the terminal:

cd 'Macintosh HD'

or

cd Macintosh\ HD

Cheers



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Hard disk naming can cause Safari page load issues
Authored by: fds on Jan 26, '04 05:45:45PM

My PowerBook shipped with the hard drive named "Macintosh HD"

Note the space.



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Hard disk naming can cause Safari page load issues
Authored by: Anonymous on Jan 27, '04 03:03:19AM

Since the default name for a mac hdd is "Macintosh HD" I don't think this is the problem.



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Hard disk naming can cause Safari page load issues
Authored by: cyanaura on Jan 26, '04 11:11:29PM

If I understand correctly, your hard drive was named iBook:private. If so, it just might be the colon that is to blame. For some reason, OS X looks at colons as if they were the pathname delimeters they were in OS 9. I had a similar problem ripping MP3s on one occasion because someone entered song data at CDDB in the form Dead Can Dance: Aion. Once I removed the colon, everything worked as it should.



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Hard disk naming can cause Safari page load issues
Authored by: JKT on Jan 27, '04 07:16:10AM

That would be because OS X still has to interoperate with OS 9 (e.g. in Classic or via networking with older system Macs). It is therefore vital that the : is still an "invalid" character, just as / should be in filenames.

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Hard disk naming can cause Safari page load issues
Authored by: clith on Jan 27, '04 09:22:14AM
It is therefore vital that the : is still an "invalid" character, just as / should be in filenames.
Not true. The Finder allows "/" in file and volume names -- it just translates them into ":"s internally. "/"s are used all the time in business to name a document after a date: "9/11 report". Try it out by naming something in the Finder and then looking at the file name using Terminal.

The Unix part of Mac OS X uses "/" as a path separator, whereas Mac OS 9 uses ":". Thus the two characters are swapped, depending on which OS environment you are running under.

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Submit a big report!
Authored by: derrickbass on Jan 27, '04 07:14:39AM
I hope that you have reported the bug to Apple. Go to Apple's bug reporting web page and tell them about it if you have not. It's kind of a pain (especially the first time, since you have to sign up for an ADC account), but they really do listen to the reports filed on that page. Sometimes, I even get an email when the bug has finally been fixed.

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