Question Re urllib (Jeff James)

Jeff James jeff at
Mon Dec 16 14:09:10 CET 2013

I'm not really receiving an "exception" other than those three sites, out
of the 30 or so I have listed, are the only sites which show "is down" at
the end of that line specifying the site.

Where " # " has been substituted for our domain name........* is down*
* is down*
* is down*

Cc: python-list at
Date: Mon, 16 Dec 2013 06:54:48 -0500
Subject: Re: Question RE urllib
On Mon, Dec 16, 2013 at 6:40 AM, Jeff James <jeff at> wrote:
> So I'm using the following script to check our sites to make sure they are
> all up and some of them are reporting they are "down" when, in fact, they
> are actually up.   These sites do not require a logon in order for the
> page to come up.  Could this be due to some port being blocked internally
> Only one of the sites reporting as down is "https" but all are internal
> sites.  Is there some other component I should be including in the script
> There are about 30 or 40 sites that I have listed in all.  I just use
> in the following script as examples.   Thanks
> import urllib
> sites = ["", "
> etc.]
> for site in sites:
>     try:
>         urllib.urlopen(site)
>         print site + " "
>     except Exception, e:
>         print site + " is down"

In the handler print out the exception you are getting.
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