Known Bugs and Patches
As we now have made libwww available directly via
CVS, it is much easier to get the latest
updates and bug fixes. This means that we do not maintain this list very
much anymore. Instead, you should look at the
latest release notes to see if your problem
has been addressed.
Please report new bugs or bug-fixes to
<firstname.lastname@example.org> and describe what caused
the bug to appear. The better diffs you can prepare, that is, if they are
generated against the latest version in
CVS, the faster they can be incorporated into the code base.
How to Apply a Patch
The provided patches are relative to the
WWW directory in the
distribution tree. In order to apply a patch, do the following in the
Download the patch, for example lib-1.fix
Invoke the patch command by typing
patch < lib-1.fix
Rebuild the code by following the normal instructions for autoconf
builds. In many cases you can simply type
from the place where you have run the configure script.
These are the patches that I have received which will
be applied to the upcoming version before libwww is released.
These are the patches that I have received for this release
and that I will apply before the next release.
Contribution from Rick Curry (not a patch)
A new version of HTWWWStr with a better
date stamp string parser
A generic collection of patches fixing several bugs in libwww suggested by
Gecse Roland pointed out these problems on FreeBSD
Bulding on SunOS: Sun uses the symbol "
__STDC__" in their
headers, not "
STDC_HEADERS" which the configure script is looking
for. This causes a problem compiling
HTString.c which uses the ANSI definition
of variable arguments. The fix is to define
running configure. Depending on your shell, this may look like this
BASH> CFLAGS='-g -Wall -DSTDC_HEADERS' ./configure
CSH> env CFLAGS='-g -Wall -DSTDC_HEADERS' ./configure
This patch fixes some minor problems in the library and example applications.
If you have downloaded version 5.0a then you do not need this patch.
Bugfix in handling
OPTIONS requests on URL other than "/". The
path didn't contain an initial "/"
Changed 204 handling so that it never expects a body
Added support for
OPTIONS in line
Bugfix: now the memory cache filter only checks for cached documents on
Bugfix: HTTP State machine didn't catch an error code returned by a POST
Bugfix: Do not flush metainformation on a TRACE method and a OPTIONS method
Bugfix: Now we copy information from the cache index back to the amchor obejct
when we read the index
Change: Cache controls are now added as replacements instead of add so that
we don't get duplicate entries
Added HTCache_flushAll() to the cache manager.
Added flush as command in the Line mode browser. It flushes the persistent
Bugfix: Automatic connection recovery had a problem when restarting a HTTP/1.1
persistent connection (thanks to Markku Savela)
New Multiple T stream (May 27 1996)
Sacha has provided this new module for handling Tee'ing of multiple simultanous
streams. We have the C file and the
Patch for better logging
Event Loop and Timeouts
The current implementation of the server has a problem with requests that
timeout. That is, if the remote server is not capable of generating a response
within the amount of time the server is willing to wait. The server is not
capable of finding which request object timed out so it has to stop the search
completely. This is a limitatation of the current implementation of the internal
Event loop in the Library.
It is not a design limitation, but the event loop is currently optimized
for use by user active applications and not so much "non-user" application.
The current DNS resolution uses the standard getXbyY system calls.
However, as they traditionally are implemented using blocking sockets, the
server may block as we only have a single process and a single stack. The
solution is of course to have a non-blocking DNS resolver library.
Patch for PUT and POST
This patch is rather big but it contains some fixes and modifications that
enables PUT and POST to work reliably. If you download the 4.0C version of
the distribution then the patch has already been applied. It is basically
the difference between versions 4.0B and 4.0C. The main set of differences
Automatic redirection and Access authentication has been take n out of the
HTTP module. Instead the new mechanism with request callback functions are
used so that the application can register handlers to handle these situations.
The reason for this change is that not all applications are interested in
having this functionality performed automatically.
Authentication handler and redirection handler added to both the Line Mode
Browser and the Command Line Tool
Added three possible return codes on which a request callback function can
HT_PERM_REDIRECT for permanently moved objects
HT_TEMP_REDIRECT for temporarily moved objects
HT_NO_ACCESS for insufficient credentials
PUT and POST do now work reliably in the Line Mode Browser and the Command
Line Tool. Both can PUT or POST a document from either a remote HTTP
server or the local file system to a remote HTTP server.
An important bug-fix in the internal event manager that prevented a socket
to be registered for multiple events at the same time.
Cleanup of the POSTWeb management in the file module and the HTTP module
In addition to progress notification on READ we now support progress notification
when sending a data object
Spelling mistake fixed. preemtive is changed to preemptive
The W3C Mini Robot has now the ability to stop at a certain depth while
traversing the Web.
Bug in time stamp on files in FTP directory listings
The Library supports "long" directory listings for FTP Unix, VMS and Windows
NT servers with file type, size, time and date etc. However, the time stamp
is wrong by one hour for files created when daylight saving time is enabled.
The reason is that the FTP module in the Library doesn't know the time-zone
of the remote FTP server and hence doesn't know when DSR is enabled or disabled.
This is fixed in the next version
Problem with nested HTML tags in the HTML parser
A bug which makes the HTML parser crash if is gets more than 20 nested HTML
tags. Thanks to Robert M. Fleischman for pointing this out!
Problems with redirection
Until now all HTTP servers have sent back a small HTML document with a
redirection message going:
If you can see this message then your browser
does not support automatic redirection.
However, new severs like Netscape and other servers don't send this and hence
no stream should be set up. This confuses the Library and it dumps core.
Henrik Frystyk Nielsen,
@(#) $Id: Overview.html,v 1.43 1998/08/04 17:23:30 frystyk Exp $