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problem retrieving a file on second attempt?

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I've got a function that connects to url containing text, then reads each line into an array and returns that array.  

The text file located at the url changes every so often.  My problem is that the function doesn't re-connect to the server again when the function is called a second time.

Here's the code,



CStringArray *CAllUserDlg::GetAllUserStatus()
{
      CStringArray *pArray = new CStringArray;


      sUrl = "www.somedomain.net/~index.html?user=getStatus";

      int iLen = sUrl.GetLength();
      char *buffer = new char[1000];//iLen];
      DWORD dwBuffLen = 1000;
      int iVal =InternetCanonicalizeUrl(sUrl, buffer, &dwBuffLen, ICU_ENCODE_SPACES_ONLY );


      if (iVal == ERROR_BAD_PATHNAME ) {
            AfxMessageBox("Error:  bad pathname in URL");
            return pArray;
      }
      else if (iVal == ERROR_INSUFFICIENT_BUFFER ) {
            AfxMessageBox("Error:  Insufficient buffer");
            return pArray;
      }
      else if (iVal == ERROR_INTERNET_INVALID_URL) {
            AfxMessageBox("Error:  Internet invalid url");
            return pArray;
      }
      else if (iVal == ERROR_INVALID_PARAMETER ) {
            AfxMessageBox("Error: Invalid parameter");
            return pArray;
      }


      CString strTmp = buffer;
      

      CInternetSession Connection;
      CHttpConnection* pHttpConnection = NULL;
      CHttpFile* pFile = NULL;

      delete [] buffer;

      try {
            
            pHttpConnection = Connection.GetHttpConnection(strTmp);
            pFile = pHttpConnection->OpenRequest(CHttpConnection::HTTP_VERB_GET,"/");
            BOOL b = pFile->SendRequest();
            DWORD dwLen = pFile->GetLength();
            CString s;
            BOOL bDone = FALSE;
            while (!bDone) {
                  if (pFile->ReadString(s))
                  {
                        int j = s.Find("userEOF");
                        if (j >= 0) {
                              bDone = TRUE;
                        }
                        else {
                              pArray->Add(s);
                        }
                  }
                  else {
                        // can't read the file anymore
                        bDone = TRUE;
                  }
            }
            pFile->Flush();
            pFile->Close();
            delete pFile;
            pHttpConnection->Close();
            Connection.Close();

            delete pHttpConnection;
            delete Connection;
      }
      catch (CInternetException* pEx)
      {
            AfxMessageBox("There was a problem sending your status");
            pEx->ReportError();
            pEx->Delete();
      }

      return pArray;
}


Can anyone give me a pointer as to where I'm going wrong?  Is it that I'm not deleting something correctly?

Thanks,

Moth
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Hoe can you delete Connection if it is not a pointer?
Does this thing compile "as is"?
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by:Moth
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I started off only calling delete on the buffer, but then as I couldn't find a solution, I called delete on everything.

This code compiles fine on my system (visual c 6).  You also see I've called delete on the pFile variable just in case the compilet had called 'new' somewhere without me knowing....

I also call delete on the array that I pass out of this function - after I've done stuff to it of cource ;)

But, yes, this does compile ok.

Moth
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CInternetSession Connection; <<-This is not a pointer, therefor, the following line is incorrect:
delete Connection;

You cannot delete a stack variable from the heap!


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The compiler doesn' allocate a thing. On the other hand, MFC as a software package you are using, might allocate variables. If you are suopposed to delete something that MFC doesn't then the documandation says that, otherwise both MFC code and your own will attemt to free the same memory block. This can be fatal.

Before you use pFile, check if it is valide (not NULL).

I never used the functions you used, but I can tell that you should program more cerfully.

Regards.
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Right,  

I've removed the lines "delete Connection" and "delete pFile" (because I never call 'new' on pFile.  I still get the problem of retrieving the file ok first-time round, but it doesn't download the second time.

I've got access to the servers access and error logs.  The first connection appears fine in the urls access log, but nothing appears in either the error or access logs.  This is why I thought it might be the connection not terminating correctly - fo I called delete on it.

The GetAllUserStatus() function is called in the OnInitDialog() function.
I press a button in a parent window and it creates an instance of the userstatus dialog, in turn calling the GetAllUserStatus() function.  I need to close this dialog to get back to the parect window (where I can press the button again).  Should I have some asserts in the onClose() function in the child window (even though I'm only using local variables in the http connection functions)?
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> delete pFile" (because I never call 'new' on pFile

unfortunately you have to delete that one. :) or else you will get a leak

other than that your code works fine for me - I tried against a local server page and it downloaded correctly everytime.

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Hmmm,

I've replaced the 'delete pFile' as suggested, but it still doesnt work..

Does the local server page change ever, or is it static?  The page I'm trying to download changes, so I'm trying to get the latest version of the page.  At the moment I'm only retrieving the first version...

If getting the latest version works for you, maybee my code is going pearshaped somewhere else...  That or maybee there's an internet options setting of using cached pages somewhere that I have set on my system that maybee you don't on yours?
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ShaunWilde earned 200 total points
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try having a value that changes with each query - I've seen this done with ad servers to defeat caching

ie 1st request

www.somedomain.net/~index.html?user=getStatus&ord=1

2nd reguest

www.somedomain.net/~index.html?user=getStatus&ord=2

you'd probably want to use a time value and a random number combination to generate the ord value
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by:Moth
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I've just added a string version of the current time, and that seems to work a treat.

Thanks!

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by:ShaunWilde
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yes - as long as you don't have 2 requests in the same second but you can control that so no probs there

the method I gave should work if you have more than 1 request in the same second as the random number should change with each query

anyway - glad to help
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