[sldev] Deprecated protocol feature: stray colon in 500 response

Henri Beauchamp sldev at free.fr
Thu Mar 5 04:43:05 PST 2009

On Mon, 02 Mar 2009 13:53:27 -0800, Rob Lanphier wrote:

> Hi folks,
> The current version of our server infrastructure for capabilities has a
> misfeature in it, where 500 responses have a stray colon in them.
> Capabilities are meant to be HTTP-compliant, but this stray colon is
> not.  However, that incompatibility is required to maintain
> compatibility with 1.20.17 and earlier viewers (and their derivatives).
> Maintaining this situation is a pain, because coercing standards-based
> infrastructure (like Apache) to do the wrong thing is a major pain.  We
> eventually would like to eliminate this aberration from our
> infrastructure, but that would mean that older viewers would stop
> working.  We'll give you plenty of warning before actually changing this
> infrastructure, but we figured it's best to get the technical
> information out now so that this will hopefully be a moot point by the
> time we announce a timeline.
> We're asking that everyone who has a viewer based on 1.20.17 and older
> to either upgrade to a newer base revision of the viewer (e.g. 1.21 or
> later) or apply a fix as described here:
> https://wiki.secondlife.com/wiki/Deprecated_Protocol_Features
> ...with patches attached here:
> https://jira.secondlife.com/browse/VWR-12248
> Thanks!
> Rob

The legacy renderer branch of the Cool SL Viewer (v1.19.0.5) has been
updated to implement the fixes.
I also published on the JIRA a patch adapted to the v1.19.0.5 viewer,
which aggregates all three patches by Ramzi.
The patch might work with older viewers as well...


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