[webkit-dev] Desperate for webkit help

Steve Atkins steve at blighty.com
Wed Jun 25 08:59:03 PDT 2008

On Jun 25, 2008, at 7:37 AM, Mark wrote:

> Well, it's been a few months since a posted this message and filed  
> this bug: https://bugs.webkit.org/show_bug.cgi?id=18539
> We haven't been able to find a work around at all, every single  
> thing we do doesn't work. So I'm making a plea again, can anyone  
> please address this issue?? I'm so desperate for help now that we're  
> close to shutting down a project that's been in the works for almost  
> 2 years because of this one single + boundary problem. I'll happily  
> pay anyone who agrees to fix the problem.

Have you done any debugging to diagnose the problem? The speculation  
last time around seemed to be that the web application you were  
posting to was broken and didn't understand mime format.

Have you captured the traffic from successful and unsuccessful posts  
to confirm that the issue is broken mime parsing in the webapp?  
Wireshark is the go-to tool for that. Do you have test case code that  
will post fixed messages to the webapp with different mime boundaries?  
Does that confirm the problem? If it does, have you presented that  
data to the webapp developers?


> regards
> On Sat, Apr 12, 2008 at 1:06 AM, Mark <hoicem at googlemail.com> wrote:
> Hi. I've been developing a cocoa application based around webkit for  
> the last 18 months. It's an auto form filling/submitting tool  
> primarily designed for adult webmasters to submit their free pages  
> to link lists. (If this is an problem I guess you can stop reading  
> now)...
> Currently development has grinded to a complete hault because of a  
> webkit issue that we just can't work round. We first noticed the  
> issue with the release of Safari 3 but it still exists in the last  
> nightly build of webkit. The issue is this: imagine a simple html  
> form. The form is like so and the user filled data is in brackets:
> Name: (mark)
> Email: (whatever at qwerty123456.com)
> Url: (http://www.google.com)
> Now if we submit this form in Safari/Webkit, 40-50% of the time the  
> web script will throw up an 'invalid email' or 'invalid url'  
> message. At first you think 'oh, I must have entered data  
> incorrectly' but clicking back, data looks fine. Submit same data  
> again, second time round it submits fine!
> It seems to happen totally at random, it's like the data visible in  
> the form fields (ie, the user entered data) is not being passed onto  
> the form when submit is pressed. It worked fine prior to safari 3  
> and we know it's a webkit issue because it only occurs in our app/ 
> safari/webkit. Other browsers submit the same data perfectly each  
> time to the exact same html forms.
> It's very hard to nail down. Sometimes it will submit fine first  
> time, sometimes if it fails first time, it can fail second time and  
> then succeed third time. You just have to keep submitting the same  
> data until it works.
> Can anyone please help with this? It's kinda killed our application  
> and as the title suggests I'm *desperate* for it to be fixed.
> kindest regards
> mark
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