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Opened 6 years ago

Closed 5 years ago

Last modified 5 years ago

#10285 closed bug (fixed)

evalScript rcleanScript replacement fails in IE8

Reported by: james.h.cracknell@… Owned by: james.h.cracknell@…
Priority: high Milestone: 1.8
Component: ajax Version: 1.6.4rc1
Keywords: Cc:
Blocked by: Blocking:


In evalScript the use of the rcleanScript RegExp to wrap XML Comments/CDATA tags with a multiline comment fails because Internet Explorer 8 does not support the $0 backreference. This is actually correct behavior, as the ECMAScript specification explicitly states that n has a non-zero value; the $0 backreference is probably included in most implementations by convention.

'abc'.replace(/a/, '($0)'); // '($0)bc'
'abc'.replace(/a/, '($&)'); // '(a)bc'

The end result is that given an inline script:

<script language="text/javascript"><!--

the eval'd string looks like:


which bombs when it encounters the XML comment end (as the start is missing).

As a workaround you can insert a single-line comment before the end-comment tag in your inline script:

<script language="text/javascript"><!--

so your eval'd script looks like:


Change History (13)

comment:1 Changed 6 years ago by Rick Waldron

Owner: set to james.h.cracknell@…
Status: newpending

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comment:2 Changed 6 years ago by Rick Waldron

Component: unfiledcore
Priority: undecidedlow

comment:3 Changed 6 years ago by trac-o-bot

Resolution: invalid
Status: pendingclosed

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comment:4 Changed 5 years ago by dmethvin

Resolution: invalid
Status: closedreopened

comment:5 Changed 5 years ago by dmethvin

Component: coreajax
Milestone: None1.8
Priority: lowhigh
Status: reopenedopen

Here's a quick repro, you can see the error in the console: http://jsfiddle.net/dmethvin/aBy3L/

Turns out the unit test case we have has a newline before the closing comment, which behaves differently (thanks to our old pal ASI).

comment:6 Changed 5 years ago by dmethvin

Tracing down the problem, it seems to be cause by the commenting out of the closing HTML comment sequence. ///*-->\n*/ gives an error but ///*-->*/ does not. It seems like we can just remove these entirely rather than commenting them out?

comment:7 Changed 5 years ago by jaubourg

err, I fixed this one, didn't I? Or is there something I missed here?

comment:8 Changed 5 years ago by dmethvin

I was getting an error from the commenting, not sure if it's specific to a platform but it was throwing an error in IE9. You can see it in the job here:



Removing the chars rather than commenting them out fixed the problem, but I wasn't sure if there was a reason for leaving them in but commented.

I don't know about the second error in the test there, HTML5 elements.

comment:9 Changed 5 years ago by dmethvin

OBTW, I think the original assertion about the $0 backreference is correct, it should be $& if we're going to keep commenting this out.

comment:10 Changed 5 years ago by jaubourg

#11402 is a duplicate of this ticket.

comment:11 Changed 5 years ago by jaubourg

Resolution: fixed
Status: openclosed

comment:12 Changed 5 years ago by jaubourg

Fixes #10285 (for real this time).

Changeset: 7778c7722239bf5b286e4d8f2740af9abe800c09

comment:13 Changed 5 years ago by gdv.pops@…

I'm still running into this issue. I was using 1.2.6 - with a lot of concerns about the age of the library. I updated to 1.7.2 and began getting this error (80020101). After reading, I updated to 1.8.2 (which completely locked up my opening page...) so I went to 1.8.1 and got the opening page to load, but when the AJAX call is made, I keep getting the error as I did with 1.7.2.

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