Possible file download bug?
Mon Oct 1 07:47:00 GMT 2018
A 200 with an HTML page indicating, something like 'this server does not exist - did you mean to type one of these options'?
The first time I hit this, some errant code was trying to reach a website using http://ftp.<website...> The author was trying to run through 'try http, if failed try ftp' but had messed up a little. Problem is that the file appeared to download correctly but just contained the HTML error page.
From: Allan Clark <email@example.com>
Sent: 28 September 2018 15:23
To: Paul Smith <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Re: Possible file download bug?
> On Sep 28, 2018, at 06:11, Paul Smith <email@example.com> wrote:
> I wanted to alert you to a possible bug. I'm using someone else's product that uses an old copy of Crossgcc and I've found the following issue, and from looking at the latest Crossgcc code I suspect the same bug still exists.
> The issue is in scripts/functions in the code that downloads a file from the web using wget or curl. My local ISP 'catches' page load errors and returns their own generated HTML error page and the bug I'm seeing results from a file download believing it succeeded when actually it downloaded just a dummy HTML page.
> In my case the files were always supposed to be variants on Linux tar files so it easy to use the Linux 'file' command to see if the file was actually an HTML page. I don't know whether you can do the same or whether the files you are downloaded are more diverse and need more careful checking, perhaps outside of the file download function.
> However I wanted to alert you to this odd behaviour as it soaked up a few hours this morning identifying the cause and a fix.
When the file is not found for download, does the ISP forward a 4xx or 5xx error code, or a 200 as though nothing went wrong?
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