Python docs not accessible from IDLE

Ned Deily nad at
Wed Sep 17 20:08:46 CEST 2014

In article <lvbv0u$lfa$1 at>,
 Wolfgang Maier <wolfgang.maier at> wrote:
> On 09/17/2014 01:15 PM, Peter Otten wrote:
> > Wolfgang Maier wrote:
> >> On 09/17/2014 11:45 AM, Peter Otten wrote:
> >>> Wolfgang Maier wrote:
> >>>
> >>>> since a few days, when I select Help -> Python Docs from the IDLE menu,
> >>>> the link to the documentation that it tries to open in my browser isn't
> >>>> working anymore.
> >>>> The URL IDLE uses (copied from the browser address bar) is :
> >>>>
> >>>> and you have to add a terminal slash for it to work.
> >>>> Now I don't know why it stopped working
> >>>> (browser update, change on the python docs server, others?
> >>>> I'm running idle-python3.4 on Ubuntu 14.04 and Firefox 32.0),
> >>>> but a possible fix may be to simply make IDLE add the slash.
> So it somehow seems to have picked up a port number during redirection, 
> no idea why.
> 2) curl shows that the first redirect (from
> gives HTTP/1.1 301 Moved Permanently as the first response from the 
> server, but the second redirect (from gives:
> HTTP/1.1 200 Connection established
> HTTP/1.1 301 Moved Permanently
> which looks a bit weird (but as I said no other browser I've tested 
> seems to have a problem with that).
> So it looks like this is not really a Python issue though I'd still like 
> to find out how to solve it.

There have been a number of changes in recent months to the PSF web 
infrastructure, all with the aim to provide more reliable, faster, and 
secure services.  These have included moving servers to new hosts, 
adding a commercial content delivery network to the frond-end of high 
traffic sites, and default use of encrypted connections (https).  As 
such, there are a number of moving parts and possible loose ends.  If 
you are still having issues, chances are you aren't the only one.  If 
so, please contact the PSF infrastructure team via email or IRC:

 Ned Deily,
 nad at

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