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lynx-dev post_data "broken" --- lynx version: 2.8.2

From: Fiber McGee
Subject: lynx-dev post_data "broken" --- lynx version: 2.8.2
Date: Fri, 13 Oct 2000 16:27:38 -0500

The message below from RE0030 for Scottish Council Foundation
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by the list moderator.


Problems with  -post_data :

1) Docs describe it as reading "properly formatted data" from  stdin ,
   without actually mentioning what is meant by this.

2) When one has done enough experiments to discover what _is_ meant
   (YOU format the data as you like, if you're lucky (or smart) the
   server you submit it to will agree), it turns out to mean "properly
   formatted data" from which lynx will strip all the CR's and
   LineFeeds (and possibly spaces and who knows what else?). i.e., not
   exactly properly formatted then.

3) (2) effectively entirely prevents lynx submitting data
   non-interactively in the (superior) MIME multipart/form-data
   format. Ironic, as it can do this perfectly well for an interactive
   user of a form.

The latter seems particulary strange, as I would assume that the
design philosophy of such a useful tool as lynx would include a
principle that (where possible) whatever can be done interactively can
be done from the command line or in a script.

Hope the feedback was useful,

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