Confluence 4.1.6 does not recognize this as a link


I have the following link when i add this to the page in Confluence 4.1.6 it treats it as a simple text any idea what te issue is?^1.0.0^build^V001^GA-1&area=&category=runtime&report_type=byPlatform&oracle_sid=test&username

I see this in the source editor



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Hi Dave,

It's the Caret ("^") characters that are causing the problem. Try encoding them using %5E, e.g.:

Hope that helps?


Thanks Andrew this is a good workaround but i have 1000s of links that are broken and i am not sure how i can go and fix all those ....

I will wait to see if someone can provide me with an option to replace all my broken links in an automated way


Hi Dave,

A couple of questions:

1. What database platform are you using?
2. How many unique URLs need to be changed? Is it 1000's of unqiue URLs or a handful of unique URLs repeated 1000's of times at different locations/versions of pages?

Depending on database platform and if it's a handful of repeated URLs you could change them directly in the database with SQL simialr to the following:

SET BODY = REPLACE(BODY,'<a>^1.0.0^build^V001^GA-1&area=&category=runtime&report_type=byPlatform&oracle_sid=test&username</a>','<a href=""></a>');


SET BODY = REPLACE(BODY,'string to find','replacement string');

After updating the database you then need to flush the caches via Browse -> Confluence Admin -> Cache Statistics -> Flush All

The above SQL works on Confluence 4.x and MySQL

NB: in the replacement you have to insert the full link, e.g. <a href=...>link text</a> as just updating "^" to "%5E" will not fix the broken link.

Hope that helps,


Andrew, thanks for the detail response ...I am using Oracle and have 100s of unique URLs, will give it a try....

Glad I could help, the same syntax should work for Oracle.

Usual warnings apply of making sure you have a backup, test with a small number of URLs first, try in a test environment, etc. :-)

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