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Re: [Lynx-dev] Why Do I Receive a Gateway Timeout on

From: Mouse
Subject: Re: [Lynx-dev] Why Do I Receive a Gateway Timeout on
Date: Tue, 21 Aug 2018 06:39:38 -0400 (EDT)

> Normally 504 gateway errors have nothing to do with your personal
> setup.  Instead they reflect a communications error between the
> site's own servers, timing out communications wise.

With lynx, I see an immediate (on human timescales) HTTP/1.1 504
GATEWAY_TIMEOUT response.  With my own manual fetcher script, I see a
redirect to HTTPS.  I infer they are playing silly User-Agent: games.
Maybe telling lynx to lie in its User-Agent: header would work around
whatever is broken?

Gateway Timeout _is_ the standard meaning of 504: "The 504 (Gateway
Timeout) status code indicates that the server, while acting as a
gateway or proxy, did not receive a timely response from an upstream
server it needed to access in order to complete the request.".  I
suppose it's possible that lynx requests get redirected to a backend
that's timing out.  But the short time before I get the 504 argues
against that.  Without transparency into the server setup behind it,
it's difficult to say more.

Possibly relevant tidbit: is hosted by; it resolves to and for me, and

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