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This is an odd one as these sites have been running for a long time and this issue has never previously come up.

I have a group of sites running under Multisite Manager.

On one of the sites (Site A) I have a news channel. Entries in this channel are shown on different sites based on categories - let's call the site in question Site B.

It has just been noticed that a link to a file uploaded to Site A is mangled when that entry is shown on Site B.

The link is hardcoded into the entry content (via a Redactee field) with the full URL. It should be something like http://www.siteA.com/downloads/my_file.pdf and on Site A this is how it is shown.

But on Site B the link is turned into http://www.siteB.com/news/%7Bfiledir_7%7Dmy_file.pdf

Somehow the link is being rewritten and because the downloads directory doesn't exist on Site B I'm getting the unparsed file directory.

I can't find any setting in Redactee to control rewriting of links so what is doing this?

Update: Even if I just write the URL in the text EE seems to replace the portion that matches one of the upload directories with {filedir_7}

Update: these sites are running on 2.5.2 - updating isn't really practical at the moment unless there is no other way to fix this and an update definitely will solve it.

RESOLVED (sort of) I had a brainwave which fixed my particular situation. I simply removed the www. from the href of the link. So it became http://siteA.com/downloads/my_file.pdf This stopped whatever from recognising a defined upload directory and replacing it with the filedir_x tag.

I still have no idea what was doing that.

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  • Do you have any sort of replacement plugins surrounding the content? Like Low Replace, or Hacksaw, or CE String? – adrienne Jul 28 '14 at 9:09
  • Nope, nothing at all like that. Although I'm going to triple check as it was all built some time ago. I've never used any of those plugins though. – foamcow Jul 28 '14 at 9:10
  • Hm. I'm thinking. :) – adrienne Jul 28 '14 at 9:17
  • Thanks. Even if I just write the URL in the text EE seems to replace the portion that matches one of the upload directories with {filedir_7} – foamcow Jul 28 '14 at 9:45
  • Well, then, there's definitely some kind of text-replacement routine running, either from a plugin or maybe an extension. Or possibly the actual field, if you're using something like wygwam? – adrienne Jul 28 '14 at 10:22

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