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From Lee Pollington <webmas...@cursci.co.uk>
Subject mod_cgi/1292: post method randomly works
Date Tue, 21 Oct 1997 16:25:44 GMT

>Number:         1292
>Category:       mod_cgi
>Synopsis:       post method randomly works
>Confidential:   no
>Severity:       critical
>Priority:       medium
>Responsible:    apache
>State:          open
>Class:          sw-bug
>Submitter-Id:   apache
>Arrival-Date:   Tue Oct 21 09:30:00 PDT 1997
>Originator:     webmaster@cursci.co.uk
>Release:        1.2.4
SunOS Electrop 5.5.1 Generic_103640-04 sun4m sparc SUNW,SPARCstation-20
Sporadic delivery of cgi data sent through the post method, sometimes get the 
data on reload of browser.
No url available as I have had to go back to previous
version of apache.
here's anextract I found on news:...servers/unix/misc:

Subject:      Re: Failed CGI
From:         Haseeb Asghar <haseeb.asghar@gssec.bt.co.uk>
Date:         1997/10/16
Message-Id:   <3445FD3E.304C@gssec.bt.co.uk>
Newsgroups:   comp.infosystems.www.servers.unix
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Steve Rickman wrote:
> This problem seems to be caused by a miscommunication between Apache
> 1.2.4 and certain browsers, builds of Navigator 3.03 among them. It
> occurs intermittently when CGI scripts are requested with method POST.
> The problem may be related to the FIN_WAIT_2 glitch discussed on the
> apache.org site at http://www.apache.org/docs/misc/fin_wait_2.html.
> The only fix I know of is to use method GET instead of method POST.
> The problem has been reported by others on several groups, but it
> remains little known, presumably because users just shrug it off as a
> slow server or buggy CGI script.
> I have seen no firm list of what browsers are affected. I do know it
> to be a problem in Navigator 3.03 (Win95, I). I have verified that it
> does not occur with Navigator 3.01 (16-bit, I) or with MSIE 3.02 for
> Win95. I have been informed that it is not a problem in Navigator 4.x.
> It would probably be helpful if others could report results with
> specific browsers (including both version number and platform, of
> course).

Im having a similar problem...
when i run cgi scripts via apache 1.2.4
theyre crashing my navigator 3.02 browser...
but it isnt consistent..sometimes the scripts run fine..
other times they crash the browser...
someone suggested that it may be because the scripts are
returning http 1.1 headers to the browser..
and the browser is only compatible with http 1.0 headers??
any thoughts???

Note: netscape gold..and internet explorer dont crash..
they run the scripts fine...all the time


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