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Re: checklink: false 404 error

From: Ville Skyttä <ville.skytta@iki.fi>
Date: 19 Jun 2003 17:12:02 +0300
To: "'www-validator@w3.org'" <www-validator@w3.org>
Message-Id: <1056031921.3460.434.camel@bobcat.ods.org>

On Thu, 2003-06-19 at 16:20, Ismail Mayat wrote:

> I am running link checker to test a site using apache 1.3.27, on the site
> hosted there is a link for the following site
> http://www.neighbourhood.gov.uk.  The link defiantely works, however link
> checker gives the following 
> 
> 	What to do: The link is broken. Fix it NOW!
> 	HTTP Code returned: 404
> 	HTTP Message: Object Not Found 

$ telnet www.neighbourhood.gov.uk 80
Trying 193.63.182.212...
Connected to www.neighbourhood.gov.uk.
Escape character is '^]'.
HEAD / HTTP/1.0
Host: www.neighbourhood.gov.uk

HTTP/1.1 404 Object Not Found
Server: Microsoft-IIS/5.0
Date: Thu, 19 Jun 2003 14:07:32 GMT
Content-Length: 4040
Content-Type: text/html

[full request body including the text "The page you are looking for
might have been removed, had its name changed, or is temporarily
unavailable." snipped]

Looks like the web server doesn't handle HEAD requests properly.

> I have checked the listings there was a post related to running on IIS and
> problems with the returned headers however this site is running on apache.

The headers above suggest that it either is a "Microsoft IIS/5.0" or
impersonates as one...

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\/ille Skyttä
ville.skytta at iki.fi
Received on Thursday, 19 June 2003 10:12:04 GMT

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