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Does A Trailing Slash Matter?

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#1 lister


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Posted 25 August 2012 - 09:13 PM

Is there any difference between i.e. mysite/mydirectory and i.e. mysite/mydirectory/ (not the trailing slash)

I googled before posting and apparently the trailing slash traditionally means that there IS a file in the directory so please take a look.

What do you guys do?

I always have an index file in a directory and normally add a / to it - is that ok?

#2 chrishirst


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Posted 26 August 2012 - 11:33 AM

Not quite right;

The trailing slash indicates to the server that the URIs definitely point TO a directory and the server should deliver the content from the first index file in the list rather than try to locate a file called "directory". This is mainly because the Unix file system does not require a file extension to identify the file type as it does so from the contenttype headers.

So with the trailing slash, it does require slightly less work by the server to respond with the content, but we are only talking in microseconds.

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