urllib2 httplib.BadStatusLine exception while opening a page on an Oracle HTTP Server

ak aktests at gmail.com
Mon Jan 19 22:00:44 CET 2009

Hi everyone,

I have a problem with urllib2 on this particular url, hosted on an
Oracle HTTP Server


which gets 302 redirected to https://www.orange.sk/eshop/sk/catalog/post/phones.html,
after setting a cookie through the Set-Cookie header field in the 302
reply. This works fin with firefox.

However, with urllib2 and the following code snippet, it doesn't work

import cookiejar
import urllib2

cookiejar = cookielib.LWPCookieJar()
opener = urllib2.build_opener(urllib2.HTTPCookieProcessor(cookiejar))
url = 'http://www.orange.sk/eshop/sk/portal/catalog.html?
req = urllib2.Request(url, None)

Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "<stdin>", line 1, in <module>
  File "/usr/lib/python2.5/urllib2.py", line 387, in open
    response = meth(req, response)
  File "/usr/lib/python2.5/urllib2.py", line 498, in http_response
    'http', request, response, code, msg, hdrs)
  File "/usr/lib/python2.5/urllib2.py", line 419, in error
    result = self._call_chain(*args)
  File "/usr/lib/python2.5/urllib2.py", line 360, in _call_chain
    result = func(*args)
  File "/usr/lib/python2.5/urllib2.py", line 582, in http_error_302
    return self.parent.open(new)
  File "/usr/lib/python2.5/urllib2.py", line 381, in open
    response = self._open(req, data)
  File "/usr/lib/python2.5/urllib2.py", line 399, in _open
    '_open', req)
  File "/usr/lib/python2.5/urllib2.py", line 360, in _call_chain
    result = func(*args)
  File "/usr/lib/python2.5/urllib2.py", line 1115, in https_open
    return self.do_open(httplib.HTTPSConnection, req)
  File "/usr/lib/python2.5/urllib2.py", line 1080, in do_open
    r = h.getresponse()
  File "/usr/lib/python2.5/httplib.py", line 928, in getresponse
  File "/usr/lib/python2.5/httplib.py", line 385, in begin
    version, status, reason = self._read_status()
  File "/usr/lib/python2.5/httplib.py", line 349, in _read_status
    raise BadStatusLine(line)

Trying the redirected url directly doesn't work either (trying with
Firefox will give an HTML error page, as the cookie is not set yet,
but trying with urllib2 gives the same exception as previously,
whereas it should return the HTML error page)
This works correctly on other urls on this website (http(s)://

Am I doing anything wrong or is this a bug in urllib2 ?

-- ak

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