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IE6 on local intranet machine with '-' or '_'

IE6 has a bug where it won't accept cookies from a machine with a '-' or '_' in its name on the local intranet.

So for example if you access fogbugz like so
http://my-server/fogbugz

And you try to log on from a machine using IE6, it won't work.  You'll either have to give the machine an alias name (such as bugs or fogbugz) or just use the numeric IP address.

Michael H. Pryor
Thursday, November 14, 2002

Or do as we do and put a new entry in your HOSTS file pointing to the server, as in:

192.168.0.666    bugserver

Where the real name of the server is something with unacceptable characters, such as underscore in our case.

Nigel Quinnin
Friday, November 15, 2002

just a note that '-' is never legal in a hostname. or is it '_'? (I think it's '-').

mb
Wednesday, November 20, 2002

Underscores are not legal in DNS names.
Hyphens are. Many DNS implementations
allow underscores in DNS names, which is
a mixed blessing because then you get your
network established with lots of foo_bar.baz.com
names and then someone installs a machine
whose DNS *doesn't* allow underscores, and
it all breaks :-).

Gareth McCaughan
Saturday, November 30, 2002

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