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October 18, 2004 12:01 AM

Broken: error message

UnitedSteve Johnson writes:

I clicked on my United frequent flyer email and this was the result. I have seen some incredibly incomprehensible error messages but this is more incomprehensible than most:

"Squid did not receive any data for this request."


Squid is a proxy server, probably a transparent proxy that your ISP is running, so the crumby error message comes from that rather than from the web site in question.

Posted by: Alden Bates at October 19, 2004 12:57 AM

Naming the proxy "squid" has led to some impressively absurd terminology, like a "squid accelerator", or a "transparent squid proxy". You put yer squid in here, and then it comes out over here FAST!

Posted by: mendel at October 19, 2004 01:04 PM

It's just sloppy programming -- an untrapped error is resulting in a default error message.

Posted by: Jim at October 25, 2004 11:11 PM

You apparently missed "Zero size reply." That should clear things up.

Posted by: Michael Spina at October 26, 2004 03:39 PM

Because I use an Apple iMac, I am unable to book an airline reservation using my Mileage Plus miles? What goes? The Help person says she only can help me if I have a PC. Does the Management people realize this is happening?

Posted by: Ruth Brookfield at February 28, 2006 01:45 PM

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