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Lynx Text Browser: Bad Partial Reference! Stripping Lead Dots.

Posted on 2006-06-08
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Last Modified: 2008-01-09

When I access my homepage through Lynx, I get a brief message that says
"Bad partial reference! Stripping lead dots."

I wonder what this could mean?? I've checked Google and MSN, but couldn't find anything relevant...

Recently, on Google Sitemaps, I've also been getting the following message:
"We can't currently access your home page because of a timeout."

I cannot see what the problem is. I've tried different tools, different browsers, search engine simulators and everything seems fine... All my pages are validated strict XHTML...

Thanks for your help!
Question by:Julian Matz
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GrandSchtroumpf earned 2000 total points
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In that message, you can read that it happens when an url is not valid.

e.g., http://host/../foo.html

since "http://host/" is the root, there is no "http://host/../"

so, it seems like it strips the leading dots and use "http://host/foo.html" instead.
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ID: 16866482
I guess those "impossible" links are not checked by validators...
But a web crawler simulation might pick up the errors:

By the way, i don't know how you managed not to find anything relevant on google:
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by:Julian Matz
ID: 16866559

When I searched on Google I used the following search string:
"Bad partial reference Stripping lead dots"

It only returned one page, so I assumed it was not a common message...

BTW: the search engine tool you posted doesn't seem to be working...
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> "Bad partial reference Stripping lead dots"
that won't work because of the exclamation point.
But this will work:  "Bad partial reference" "Stripping lead dots"
Yes, computers are dumb :)

> BTW: the search engine tool you posted doesn't seem to be working...
Indeed, it used to work a couple of days ago.  It's a very good tool that gives you a detailed report.
I also use this one, but it does not give you details about your links:
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The w3c checklink might pick up the bad links:
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by:Julian Matz
ID: 16867034
Thanks, I've already fixed the link. It was just one.
I put it back to the way it was, to see if the W3 link checker would pick up on it, but it didn't...

Anyway, thanks for your help!

I have another question in this TA if you're interested :)
http:/Q_21880316.html (Re. Firefox and image links).
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> I put it back to the way it was, to see if the W3 link checker would pick up on it, but it didn't...
Thanks for the info.


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