[Python-Dev] urllib2.HTTPBasicAuthHandler doesn't work with GitHub API

Senthil Kumaran senthil at uthcode.com
Mon Nov 4 15:51:27 CET 2013

On Mon, Nov 4, 2013 at 6:11 AM, Matěj Cepl <mcepl at redhat.com> wrote:

> I am not sure how widespread is this breaking of RFC, but it seems to me
> that quite a lot (e.g., http://stackoverflow.com/a/9698319/164233 which
> just en passant expects urllib2 authentication stuff to be useless), and
> the question is whether it shouldn't be documented somehow and/or
> urllib2.HTTPBasicAuthHandler shouldn't be modified to try add
> Authenticate header first.
> Any suggestions?

Please file a bug report at bugs.python.org stating this. urllib2 tries to
follow the RFC as much as possible, but ofcourse consider's de-facto
standards and adopts to it. This can be documented for 2.x and can be
'fixed in 3.4.

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