Issue: Awkward Zombie feed does not work in Viena

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CyberSkull
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Issue: Awkward Zombie feed does not work in Viena

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The feed for the Awkward Zombie webcomic does not work in Vienna at all. Vienna gives an error parsing the XML data. The feed works fine in Safari, Opera and Firefox. Below is a copy of the activity window report.

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Connecting to http://www.awkwardzombie.com/awkward.php
Redirecting to http://www.awkwardzombie.com/awkward.php
HTTP code 403 reported from server
Headers:
	Keep-Alive: timeout=5, max=100
	Content-Encoding: gzip
	Server: Apache/2.2.8 (Ubuntu) PHP/5.2.4-2ubuntu5.10 with Suhosin-Patch
	Content-Type: text/html; charset=iso-8859-1
	Date: Thu, 02 Dec 2010 19:24:48 GMT
	Content-Length: 272
	Connection: Keep-Alive
	Vary: Accept-Encoding

Last edited by CyberSkull on Fri Dec 03, 2010 12:54 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: Bug: Awkward Zombie feed does not work in Viena

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The Awkward Zombie web server is checking the "User-Agent" and denying access to Vienna. Compare:

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$ curl -i 'http://www.awkwardzombie.com/awkward.php'
HTTP/1.1 403 Forbidden

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$ curl -A 'Vienna/2.6.0.2600' -i 'http://www.awkwardzombie.com/awkward.php'
HTTP/1.1 403 Forbidden

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$ curl -A 'Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; U; Intel Mac OS X 10_6_4; en-us) AppleWebKit/533.19.4 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.0.3 Safari/533.19.4' -i 'http://www.awkwardzombie.com/awkward.php'
HTTP/1.1 200 OK
This is very bad behavior. Email Awkward Zombie and tell them to stop excluding RSS readers based on User-Agent.
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Re: Issue: Awkward Zombie feed does not work in Viena

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I posted the issue in the comic's forum.
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