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lynx-dev Invalid cookies

From: Philip Webb
Subject: lynx-dev Invalid cookies
Date: Thu, 7 Nov 2002 00:05:13 -0500
User-agent: Mutt/1.4i

since LP has been amusing himself cleaning up Lynx code,
here's another bug which has long been waiting to be squished:

020315 Walter Ian Kaye wrote:
> What makes a cookie invalid? How can this be fixed/prevented?
> (And what difference does it make if it's "invalid" anyway?)
--- somewhat obscure dialog shortened ---
> Your board keeps wanting to set three invalid cookies,
> which really impinges upon its usability and upon my nerves.
> "Accept invalid cookie path=/cgi-bin/ikonboard/ikonboard.cgi
> as a prefix of '/cgi-bin/ikonboard/ikonb..."  That's as muchi
> as shows on my screen, but ought to be enough to troubleshoot.
--- end of dialog ---

this has come up twice before, one time being me: see below.
Lynx should honor the instruction ne`V'er to accept a cookie
also in cases where the cookie is invalid: at present, it keeps asking.
obviously, it's a simple oversight when cookie support was added long ago.

it's a daily irritant for me reading the news via Yahoo/Reuter/AP.
please could someone fix it? TD? anyone else? really, it should be easy.

Date: Mon, 19 Feb 2001 02:55:49 -0500
From: Philip Webb <address@hidden>
Subject: lynx-dev another small item for IZ ?

if Ilya is still interested in fixing small deficiencies in Lynx,
there's the bug i reported a few weeks ago: Lynx asks if you want
to accept invalid cookies even when you've said you `neVer' want a cookie.
eg ,
when you will be asked the question
& even if you say `neVer' you will go on being asked it
each time you follow a link to an individual news story.
it's probably just a tiny omission buried somewhere in the code.

Date: Tue, 2 Oct 2001 19:37:09 +0300 (EEST)
From: Ari Moisio <address@hidden>
Subject: Re: lynx-dev Accept invalid cookies

Fr3dY 02.10.01:
> Some websites, like yahoo webmail (that works under Lynx fine),
> send invalid cookies prefixes and I have to press 'y' everytime.
> I think an 'ACCEPT INVALID COOKIES' option should be nice. Bye!

I think cookie_loose_invalid_domains setting in lynx.cfg may help.
Something like,,

You can see invalid domains when they are queried in interactive session.

--- reply to previous message ---

Date: Tue, 2 Oct 2001 12:38:28 -0400
From: Thomas Dickey <address@hidden>
Subject: Re: lynx-dev Accept invalid cookies

there are some settings to allow invalid domains but it's possible
that there are more varieties of invalid cookie syntax than you'd want.

PW again: that's not the issue: if you say you NEVER want a cookie,
you shouldn't be asked again by Lynx if you want to accept an invalid one.

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