Regarding the inets HTTP client

Michael McDaniel <>
Mon Nov 28 18:36:25 CET 2005


On Mon, Nov 28, 2005 at 12:15:32PM +0100, Ingela Anderton wrote:
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> I was browsing the archives (currently I do not read erlang questions
> on daily basis as I am on parental leave) when I came across some
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Thanks for your response, Ingela, and Congratulations!

~M

> comments about the inets HTTP client and problems with chunked
> encoding. As there was no answer from my coworkers here is an answer.
> 
> The inets HTTP client is designed to handle chunked encoding. If this
> is not working that is a bug and if that is the case of course it will
> be fixed.
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I will assist as I can.  I looked through the code and discovered
I do not yet have enough Erlang comprehension to understand what
is the solution!

I trusted it would be fixed in time.  I was surprised there was
not an acknowledgement earlier, though I thought "oh, they'll 
put it in the next release which should be 'real soon now'".

~M

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> When it comes to the stability or maturity of the code I think it has
> come a far way from the initial unsupported prototype that it is based
> on, but it is not bug free. (On the other hand can you mention a
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   Definitely, even in the short time I have been using Erlang the
   code has matured and stabliized!

~M

> software program that is ;-)) Building extensive automated test suites
> for the HTTP client is quite a lot of work and an ongoing activity.
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As I discovered.  The company I interfaced with did not have any
certification tests to exercise multi-chunked requests/responses.
My testing did not uncover the problem.  And, my code was in
production for months before the problem appeared!

~M

> So the code will mature further with time. It is as always a question
> of time an priorities. In Ericsson the HTTP client has so far mainly
> been used too test other software.
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Thanks again to all of you for Erlang/OTP and your continued interest
in keeping it a strong competitive tool for creating innovative services
for the world!

I look forward to a patch or new R10/R11 release 'real soon now' <smile>

~Michael
Portland, Oregon, USA


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