[uf-rest] AHAH Returning Mysterious 404s

Andy Staines andy at yellowswordfish.com
Wed Mar 12 07:55:15 PST 2008

> Consider these:
> http://wordpress.org/support/topic/66733
> http://wordpress.org/support/topic/68654
> http://wordpress.org/support/topic/67416
> http://bugs.php.net/bug.php?id=36705
> Hope one helps.
> -Bosko
> http://tumbl.es/

Good day Bosko
I thank you for pointing these items out but I am going to appear like  
a complete dunce now as I am not really sure what you are suggesting  
by them. I'm still new to web work (old desktop programmer) so I may  
well have misinterpreted what I read but these all seemed to be all  
about displaying a correct 404 page when a true 404 was received.  
Whereas my problem is users receiving a 404 when they should not get  
I would be grateful if you could give me an extra prod as to what I am  
missing here?
Thanks and regards

> On Tue, Mar 11, 2008 at 11:47 AM, Andy Staines <andy at yellowswordfish.com 
> > wrote:
>> On 11 Mar 2008, at 14:59PM, Ernest Prabhakar wrote:
>>> Hi Andy,
>>> On Mar 10, 2008, at 2:43 PM, Andy Staines wrote:
>>>> Good day
>>>> I am hoping someone can advise me
>>>> I am the author of a WordPress plugin (php) that makes various uses
>>>> of AHAH (straight from the wiki here). 99%+ of my users have no
>>>> problem but two or three receive 404 OK errors returned from each
>>>> call.
>>> Ouch. Do you mean those users get the error *every* time? For every
>>> client?
>> It can be hard to get good facts from users but yes - this is my
>> understanding (More below)
>>>> We have investigated everything as far as I can tell. The
>>>> environments are not 'different' - Apache/Linux php4 or 5.
>>>> Permissions are not an issue.
>>>> If I paste the url of the php file that is being sent to the js/
>>>> AHAH routine directly into the browser it returns the correct
>>>> content with no problem. And typically of course, I cannot
>>>> reproduce the error but have seen it on a users site.
>>> Just so I understanding:
>>> 1. Your plugin users are site owners, who have installed it on your
>>> site.
>> on their site - yes.
>>> 2. User A has no problems
>>> 3. User B, with an identical server setup, constantly has *their*
>>> users getting 404s every time they hit that page, no matter which
>>> browser they use
>>> Is that correct?
>> I cannot be 100% sure yet about server setup and I can not vouch for
>> EVERY browser but in essence this is correct.
>> So far this has effected 4 out of about 200 installs (this was only
>> released on Saturday). But I had been working with a beta-user who  
>> was
>> the first, who DID try several browsers and I do know is hosted on a
>> Linux/Apache server. Indeed his host is also mystified as they have  
>> an
>> AHAH based example page which works just fine.
>> This has to come down to an environmental/set-up issue (I assume) so
>> this morning I have emailed all four users and asked them to supply
>> answers to specific questions around their hosting set up, their
>> WordPress set-up, browsers used and tried, software versions etc. My
>> aim of course is to try and hunt down the common denominator but like
>> many WP users who run blogs, mostly these folk are not technical and
>> it can be hard for them to understand the issues and respond
>> accordingly.
>> Whether, when the results are in, something will stand out I do not
>> know but meanwhile if there are any tests of ideas anyone has I do
>> have at least one effected user who is willing to try just about
>> anything!
>> And I am grateful for you coming back to me. its hopefully going to  
>> be
>> something basic which are sometimes the hardest to find!
>> Thanks and regards
>> Andy
>>> -enp
>>>> My javascript is, shall we say, 'recently acquired' but I am not
>>>> doing anything complex - simply populating a div or two.
>>>> Can anyone possibly suggest where I should look for the source of
>>>> the problem. before I tear the rest of my hair out?
>>>> Any help would be much appreciated
>>>> Thanks
>>>> Andy
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