[Mailman-Developers] Mailman 500 error when some users access web pages.

Marc MERLIN marc_news@valinux.com
Mon, 10 Sep 2001 17:48:12 -0700

So, Sourceforge has been plagued by reports of users saying that they were
getting sporadic 500 errors when accessing mailman admin pages.

I think I just found one reason if not _the_ reason:
> My Sourceforge.net Cookie was
> .sourceforge.net      TRUE    /       FALSE   1000695393      username
> gQdb8WNeEUc%3D

Aaaaahhhhh, I think I get it.
sourceforge.net (the web site) gives you a .sourceforge.net cookie.
When  you  hit lists.sourceforge.net,  your  browser  sends the  cookie  and
mailman freaks  out because it can't  decode the cookie (it's  not a mailman
cookie, it's a SF cookie)

At least, that's my guess.

Does that make sense?
(apparently, for whatever weird reason, it mostly happens with mozilla)

If so, is it easy to fix mailman to be more robust and ignore bad cookies?

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