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I'm working with an RPC server which requires the HTTP post command to be sent like this:

Param1=http://192.168.1.63/a_gentone.htm&Param2=ON&Method=Net_PostHtmlData

but it keeps sending the data like this:
Param1=http%3A%2F%2F192%2E168%2E1%2E63%2Fa%5Fgentone%2Ehtm&Param2=ON&Method=Net%5FPostHtmlData

It's real nice that flash tries to make things easier by automatically url encoding everything, but there must be a way to disable this???

I can not change the way the RPC server works, there is no way for me to edit the way the server receives the data, I want to change the way flash sends it.

I'm going nuts trying to figure this one out. If anyone has ideas please let me know!

I've tried some stuff with unescape() and system.usecodepage = true but have not had any luck.
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negatyve earned 1500 total points
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Well, i think it's not a flash issue, as variables are send through http...
How does the RPC works? If it needs unencoded strings, but can receive an url as parameter, there should be a way already working..
(and not involving unencoding strings once arrived to the application)
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by:WebArchitect_Vince
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This is just one of many problems I have with flash not sending the correct parameters. For example one application requires that I send a null string: %00

but Flash will not send it as %00:

myvars = new LoadVars();
myvars.Param1 = "%A5%01%00%01%00%01%03%00%01%00%01%00%00%90"
myvars.sendAndLoad("http://myserver/RPC", myvars, "POST")

When the server gets this string it looks like this:
Param1=%25A5%2501%2500%2501%2500%2501%2503%2500%2501%2500%2501%2500%2500%2590

The RPC server has no idea what to do with this, because it's all URL encoded.
So I try to use unescape()

on(press){
myvars = new LoadVars();
myvars.Param1 = unescape("%A5%01%00%01%00%01%03%00%01%00%01%00%00%90")
myvars.sendAndLoad("http://myserver/RPC", myvars, "POST")
}

The Flash only sends:
Param1=%C2%A5%01
 probably because unescape chokes when it gets to %00

What I want to do is have flash send the strings EXACTLY as I type them without changing them at all. I have a mini C++ application that lets me send post commands, and when I type the values %00%03..etc  everything works perfectly.
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by:WebArchitect_Vince
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All I want to do is send a raw string through a post command. Flash wants to convert it to it's own URL friendly version but it MUST be sent exactly as i type it. Surely there must be a way to do this???
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by:WebArchitect_Vince
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The solution was to recode the RPC server to tell it how many times to url decode the submitted data. so now when I send it %25%A5 it knows it should be using HEX A5 because it decodes it twice

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