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Re: [Lynx-dev] LYNX: how to make lynx FORGET file WAS protected (no long

From: David Woolley
Subject: Re: [Lynx-dev] LYNX: how to make lynx FORGET file WAS protected (no longer!)?
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2008 08:07:57 +0000
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David Combs wrote:
Trying to download something.

Lynx correctly complains that it cannot -- permissions wrong.

So I ^z and fg into kermit and set the permmissions a+r.

Then I fg back into lynx, and try it again.

Same complaint.  (It's the OLD complaint -- it
 remembered it DID have wrong permissions.)

This could be a server side problem. Many servers have "friendly" error pages. Quite a lot of these are mis-implemented and return a 200 status page, rather than a 403 status one. It's quite possible that a subsequent refresh may refresh the friendly page, or even do a successful if-modified-since on the original page.

Kermit should not be caching 403 responses, but it should be caching a 200 response.

Note some servers even reply with a client side redirect to their friendly pages. In fact, it is such client side redirects that usually end in 200 status 403 responses!

Reloading the page will cancel the effect of any client side redirect and will mean that if-modified-since requests can't be used.

David Woolley
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