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Why is my cfhttp get for xml file creating strange encryption like characters?

Posted on 2014-02-26
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The XML feed looks great, but when I do a simple http call to get the data, it is "encrypting" it or doing something odd.  Anyone know what causes this and what to do to fix it?

Image of xml feed

This here is what I am doing:

<cfset feedURL="http://api.walmartlabs.com/v1/feeds/items?apiKey=xxx&categoryId=xxx&format=xml">
<cfhttp method="get" url="#feedURL#" result="feedItems"></cfhttp>
<cfdump var="#feedItems#">

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I am using CF10
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Looks like it might just be binary.  What are the rest of the http headers from the dump? Also, what does their API say about format? (Is there a public link?)

In the mean time, if you have confirmed it's binary ie IsBinary(), try converting it to a string:

         <cfset feedAsString = charsetEncode(feedItems, "UTF-8")>
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This here was the answer..
http://stackoverflow.com/questions/2974197/cfhttp-encoding-problem

Looks like it was being gzipped twice.  Once I followed these instructions, it works fine.
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Oh, without the cfhttp headers I didn't realize it was gzipped, not just binary. Glad you solved it!
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I found the answer that worked for my issue.
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