Javascript – Angularjs $location service apparently not parsing url


I'm using angular in an application which is, basically, a table with search results.
Access to this table can be achieved via an url like http://myapp/?client=clientName

An angular controller is instantiated for the table, among other things, for opening a modal dialog (also angular-based with bootstrap-ui) with the row details.

These row details are brought via a service which has some common functionality for both controllers: the one for the table and the one for the modal.

Now, within this service, I have the following snippet to retrieve:

service.fetchRelatedElements = function(element, cb) {
  var url = '/search.json?results=20&type='+element.type;
  if ($['client']) {
    url += '&client=' + $'client');
  return doFetch(url, cb); // actual server json GET

The goal is to know if the table already has this specific client parameter set as a filter.

If I put a breakpoint at the beginning of this call, I see that $location.absUrl() returns the current browser URL (which, in my case, has the client parameter I'm interested in).

But $ returns an empty object.

I am injecting the $location service within my service with the defaults (that is, not configuring it by a .config() call).
And, as doc says:

The $location service parses the URL in the browser address bar (based
on the window.location) and makes the URL available to your

Am I missing something? Shouldn't the URL, at this point, be parsed?


UPDATE: I've managed to make it work. The problem was exactly that I wasn't configuring at all the service. I did so because I assumed that in that way it would take defaults, but it seems that that's not the way it works.

Best Solution

I was having the same problem before I configured $locationProvider in my app's module config:

appModule.config(['$locationProvider', function($locationProvider) {