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[REBOL] Re: read bug?

From: joel:neely:fedex at: 1-May-2001 7:07

Graham Chiu wrote:
> I've been trying to ascertain why my vidwiki script croaks > with larger submissions. > > To make page changes it converts the page into part of the > url which it then reads. It dies at 4109 chars. >
Graham, This sounds very much like the problem I described several months ago with POST. There was apparently a buffer-size-limit problem with reading from standard input. A single read from stdin would get only one buffer full, which meant that longer submissions would be broken. I was never able to get a solution that would reliably fetch all of the input, and was forced to rewrite the project in Perl as a consequence. (I was building a wiki-like site to support a software development team. As reliability/robustness were critical factors for the application, I had no choice.) Compared to the elegant way that REBOL abstracts out the tedious implementation details of file i/o, http, ftp, etc. and allows one simply to READ from a data source, the handling of cgi looks very much like an afterthought/kludge. I'd really hope that a future version would offer a unified scheme for reading cgi and environment data that didn't require so much voodoo. -jn-