Subject: "ftp -a" doesn't bypass or fail HTTP authorization redirects
To: NetBSD Packages Technical Discussion List <tech-pkg@NetBSD.ORG>
From: Greg A. Woods <email@example.com>
Date: 02/28/2005 17:33:18
Last night I was starting up another rebuild of all my Alpha packages
with "pkg_chk" and today found it hung at some kind of HTTP AUTH check
because it seems I accidentally deleted my local copy of the INIT file.
So, I retried with "ftp -a" (which I now think should be the default for
bulk and pkg_chk builds) only to find it still hangs!
# ftp -a http://www.research.att.com/~gsf/download/tgz/INIT.2003-07-24.tgz
401 Authorization Required
Username for `(hit CANCEL to see the name and password to use; using a name and password to access downloads binds you to use the software only in accordance with the Common Public License)': ^?
Unfortunately even if I follow the exceedingly stupid (must have been
devices by a non-techno lawyer!) instructions for accepting the license,
that file is no longer found. There is only INIT.2005-02-02.tgz. Sigh.
At least it can be downloaded from countless other unrestricted mirrors. :-)
(and if "ftp -a" bypassed the AUTH redirect then it would have worked!)
Greg A. Woods
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