[erlang-bugs] bug: http get request from IE7 hangs up on inets httpd

Richard Kelsall <>
Mon Jan 14 21:42:38 CET 2008

Zvi wrote:
> Hi Kenneth,
> sorry for the cryptic description :(
> I put simple "index.html" file in the directory specified in inets
> configuration. The content of the file is:
> <html>
> <h1>Ha ha ha!</h1>
> <hr>
> ha hah ah
> </html>
> Then I opened IE7 browser window and typed the URL: 
> "http://localhost:2001/index.html".
> After pressing enter the webpage correctly rendered in the browser.
> After pressing reload first time - again it's rendered OK.
> When pressing "reload" button 2nd or 3rd time IE7 just stuck (like it trying
> to load the page indefinitely).
> Then I open new IE7 browser instance and there it working twice and stuck on
> the 3rd page reload.
> This doesn't happen in the Firefox.
> And also tried just now IE7 with Apache and the same index.html file - it
> doesn't happen with Apache - everything works fine.
> So either Apache has workarround for IE7 bugs or inets:httpd has a bug.

Maybe IE7 does not play nice in some way and Apache can cope with
it but inets expects better behaviour somehow. I think we can only
make progress by seeing what's happening at a lower level. The http
conversation between the web server and browser might be a good place
to look. For details of how http works see the RFCs


maybe 2616 would be a good place to start


(Perhaps you knew that, but maybe somebody else reading doesn't.)
If you could get a trace of http requests and responses and point
out the one that works followed by the one that fails that would be
the kind of information that might be interesting. Hope that helps.


> Anyway I considered which webserver to use for my web application yaws or
> inets, I guess inets is more suited for embedded web applications.
> I didn't tried it with yaws yet.
> Thanks in advance,
> Zvi
> Kenneth Lundin wrote:
>> Hi,
>> How do you mean that this fails, can you explain further.
>> Why do you think this is a problem with the httpd web-server and not a
>> problem with IE 7.0?
>> You need to give more information if we should be able to understand
>> what the problem
>> really is.
>> 1) Exactly what happend with your browser after reload 3 times
>> 2) Contents of the file you are reloading
>> 3) more observations
>> I also recommend that you don't send to erlang-bugs before you have
>> very clear indications on
>> that there is a bug in Erlang/OTP. Before that i recommend
>> erlang-questions.
>> /Regards Kenneth Erlang/OTP team at Ericsson
>> On Jan 13, 2008 1:10 AM, Zvi <> wrote:
>>> When running inets httpd webserver and serving single static file
>>> index.html,
>>> it works, but after pressing reload button 3 times, the html page didn't
>>> served. After opening new browser instance it's also working 2 times and
>>> then hangs. From the Firefox everything works fine.
>>> The exact version of my IE is 7.0.5730.13.
>>> TIA
>>> Zvi
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