ASP.Net HTTP 404 Error

For some reason the request to http://www.dealer24x7.com/HONDA/Civic%20U.S./Richmond/VA/23235/New/1/Inventory/ never reaches the app
But if you request
http://www.dealer24x7.com/HONDA/Civic%20US/Richmond/VA/23235/New/1/Inventory/ it will

Not sure what is causing it and how to fix it.

I am guessing its a simple web.config change, but not 100% sure
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ullfindsmitAsked:
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lenordisteConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Try to add thid in addition to your new request handler:
<httpRuntime relaxedUrlToFileSystemMapping="true" />

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More info here: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/system.web.configuration.httpruntimesection.relaxedurltofilesystemmapping.aspx
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Paul MacDonaldDirector, Information SystemsCommented:
I expect the first URL is read with everything after the first period as the file extension for the page.  

In either case, that is a horrible, horrible, HORRIBLE URL.
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ullfindsmitAuthor Commented:
Can we please stay on topic?
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käµfm³d 👽Commented:
Are you using URL rewriting in your site?
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ullfindsmitAuthor Commented:
Yes
I am rewriting the URL on the Application_BeginRequest event
It works for all other URLs, but is causing trouble for these one off URLs
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käµfm³d 👽Commented:
What is the pattern that should be handling the erroneous request?
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ullfindsmitAuthor Commented:
Its all custom code
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käµfm³d 👽Commented:
Without seeing it all I can say is that you've got a flaw in your logic. As far as the browser and server are concerned, "US" is different than "U.S." so you need to adjust your logic to handle either.
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ullfindsmitAuthor Commented:
The issue I have is, it doesnt even hit the .Net framework for the URL rewrite to work
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lenordisteCommented:
try adding this to your handlers so that IIS correctly have .NET process the request. The idea is to match the URL with dots, you may need to adjust the path according to your application: my example will only take care of all urls with /HONDA/ since I do not know what other kind of url schemes you have. Also, you may want to remove the verbs you don't need.

<system.webServer>
    <handlers>
      <add name="DotRequestHandler" path="/HONDA/*" verb="GET,HEAD,POST,DEBUG,PUT,DELETE,PATCH,OPTIONS" type="System.Web.Handlers.TransferRequestHandler" preCondition="integratedMode,runtimeVersionv4.0" />
    </handlers>
  </system.webServer>

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on a side note, while the above will work having dots in the url is maybe not the best idea, I am not even sure how SEO compatible this is... you may want to rewrite those and replace dots with some other character.
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ullfindsmitAuthor Commented:
I changed it on the beta site
http://beta.dealer24x7.com/HONDA/Civic%20U.S./Richmond/VA/23235/New/1/Inventory/ to
<system.webServer>
    <handlers>
      <add name="DotRequestHandler" path="*" verb="*" type="System.Web.Handlers.TransferRequestHandler" preCondition="" />
    </handlers>
  </system.webServer>

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and still no joy
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ullfindsmitAuthor Commented:
Thank you all

            <httpRuntime relaxedUrlToFileSystemMapping="true" />

Did the trick
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lenordisteCommented:
did you still need the request handler?
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ullfindsmitAuthor Commented:
No
Just the httpruntime did the trick
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lenordisteCommented:
ok so that means the problem was because part of the path contained a trailing point which would not be possible in a windows OS. The default validation is similar to the one used for windows file system paths. The setting simply removes that type of validation. I'm not sure there's much side effects aside from your .NET code having more garbage URL to check if someone tempers with it.

Happy this worked for you :)
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