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bug#35395: GUIX website redirections are failing

From: Tobias Geerinckx-Rice
Subject: bug#35395: GUIX website redirections are failing
Date: Tue, 23 Apr 2019 17:40:56 +0200


Boruch Baum wrote:
The guix homepage[1] links to other pages[2][3] that claim "Redirecting to the new page location... ", but they don't, at least not for me using
emacs-w3m and firefox-esr v60.

The links aren't broken, but implemented in a very… special way:

~ λ curl https://www.gnu.org/software/guix/manual/html_node/Features.html
 <!DOCTYPE html>
 <html lang="en">
     <meta charset="UTF-8" />
     <title>Page has moved! — GNU Guix</title>
<noscript><meta http-equiv="refresh" content="0; url=../en/html_node/Features.html"></noscript>
<body onload="window.location = '../en/html_node/Features.html';">

I.e. inject arbitrary code into the user's browser and if it catches us, fall back to http-equiv hackery. Not good!

The fix is to send out real (HTTP 307/302) redirections, but the problem might be that gnu.org won't let us.

Kind regards,


This is also the case from the guix 'help' page[4] link to the system
manual[5]. Other links[6][7] on that page do work.

[1] https://www.gnu.org/software/guix/
[2] https://www.gnu.org/software/guix/manual/html_node/Features.html [3] https://www.gnu.org/software/guix/manual/html_node/Using-the-Configuration-System.html
[4] https://www.gnu.org/software/guix/help/
[5] https://www.gnu.org/software/guix/manual/html_node/GNU-Distribution.html
[6] https://www.gnu.org/manual/
[7] https://www.gnu.org/software/guix/manual/

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