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Re: libcurl stumbles on weird redirect location

From: Daniel Stenberg <>
Date: Sun, 25 Dec 2011 19:18:29 +0100 (CET)

On Sat, 24 Dec 2011, Alex Vinnik wrote:

> I am having a problem using libcurl in my Ruby app (Curb gem binds directly
> to libcurl). Specifically libcurl can't follow a weird redirect served by a
> web server. Server Location header "Location:
> doesn't look RFC complaint to me. For whatever reason jsessionid gets added
> to the end of new location.

Wow. That's a broken URL that I've not seen used before.

> Somehow browsers can handle this redirect.

I pasted that URL into chrome, and it can't deal with it when given in the
address bar at least. It treats it as a search string instead.

I pasted it into Firefox's URL bar and it inserted a slash in front of the
first semicolon by itself and then showed the site.

So browsers at least aren't uniformly considering this a good address.

> if there is a way to work around this problem?

No, I can't think of any.

Since this is a fairly big site and at least one of the major browsers support
this format, I think we should consider supporting it. Even though it would be
under protest.

Any other opinions?

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Received on 2011-12-25