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Saturday May 24, 2003
11:57 PM

Google can't spell?

[ #12426 ]

I was doing a bit of testing with LWP and noticed an odd header I was getting back from Google. If you look at the headers Google gives back (try running this script) you'll see "Cneonction: Close".

#!/usr/bin/perl -w
use LWP::UserAgent;
$ua = LWP::UserAgent->new;
$res = $ua->get('');
print $res->headers->as_string, "\n";


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  • (Edited because I didn't want to sort out if the cookie didn't have host information I didn't want to leak out...)

    Cache-Control: private
    Connection: close
    Date: Mon, 26 May 2003 00:27:36 GMT
    Server: GWS/2.0
    Content-Length: ....
    Content-Type: text/html
    Content-Type: text/html; charset=ISO-8859-1
    Client-Date: Mon, 26 May 2003 00:27:36 GMT
    Client-Response-Num: 1
    Set-Cookie: ...
    Title: Google

    I wonder if that wasn't just some Google Tech's idea of a Matrix joke? See "neo" in there?
    • I'll bet they googled technical blogs every day with the new proposed google blog search to see when someone finally noticed it, then laughed hysterically and fixed it. :)

      J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers
  • OK, I just saw this too! What's going on?

    My proxy server is occasionally showing a bogus header at

    GET HTTP/1.1
    Accept: */*
    Accept-Language: en-us
    Accept-Encoding: gzip, deflate
    User-Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1; T312461)
    Proxy-Connection: Keep-Alive
    Pragma: no-cache

    HTTP/1.1 200 OK
    Date: Tue, 03 Jun 2003 05:12:44 GMT
    Server: Stronghold/2.4.2 Apache/1.3.6 C2NetEU/2412 (Unix)