XF 1.2 incorrect base URL with ~ in URL


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So, I've bought a managed VPS hosting plan and am setting up to migration to this new server, but I need to put a temp url in to setup the install.

so, I put the base URL in as ""

and I have full friendly URL's off.

when I go to I get a page without css and the source shows that the base href is ""

But, if go to URL, then the source shows the base href is "" (which is correct)

I checked the .htaccess and it hasn't been changed from xF default.

Any idea of why this is happening?