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POST method with Location use

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Problem on Microsoft Internet Explorer 3.0 and Netcape Navigator - OK on Netscape Communicator.

When I call a CGI with a POST method, this CGI ending with a Location statement, my navigator loops, and gives no response. The GET method is OK, but I don't want to use it for at less one reason.

Thierry - FRANCE
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Do not set the MIME type
(i.e. do not set Content-type: text/html)
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I don't set Content-type: text/html when I use the statement "Location" ! Location is the first thing my CGI sends to the navigator.

Thierry - FRANCE
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by:barlav
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print "Location: some machine/some directory/some file"
I use this in my cgi scripts and it works fine with Ie 3.0 and Netscape as long as I don't set Content-type: text/html. My cgi's are also called with post methods.
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by:alamo
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Thierry, apparently there is some odd problem with the exact form of the Location: directive you are using.

To help debug this, you must tell us 2 things: the exact print statement used to send Location (you can disguise the url if you want), and the type of web server you are using.

The server is useful to know because the Location directive is sent to and interpreted by the server, not directly to the browser. Anyone trying to duplicate this problem with a different server might not be duplicating the same problem.
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To alamo:

Here are the 2 things you want to know :

1/ the exact print statement used to send Location is, in C language : fprintf(stdout, "Location:/cgi-bin/mycgi.cgi?_Session=123456&_Action=LOGIN&_Destinat=456789%c%c", 10, 10);

2/ the type of web server I am using is Netscape Enterprise Server, but the problem is the same with Netscape Commerce Server.

Thierry - FRANCE




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Try using the complete path of your location.

  fprintf(stdout,"Location: http://www.some_domain.com/cgi-bin/mycgi.cgi?_Session=123456&_Action=LOGIN&_Destinat=456789%c%c", 10, 10);
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tplai, did you ever solve this problem?
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