RSS Feed for Puzzles is Broken

Case number:671076-986855
Topic:Server
Opened by:mcurtis
Status:Closed
Type:Bug
Opened on:Sunday, October 4, 2009 - 17:09
Last modified:Tuesday, July 6, 2010 - 00:11

The RSS feed for puzzles has been broken since August 27. 2009

http://fold.it/portal/puzzles/feed

(Sun, 10/04/2009 - 17:09  |  16 comments)


Joined: 04/19/2008
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Any chance to get this fixed? This feed was a convenient way to get notified when new puzzles were posted.

Joined: 11/14/2009
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IM will take care of it

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Status: Closed » Open

Thanks, the puzzle feed is working again. However, the feeds of the blog and the news also seem to have changed and IE8 has problems parsing them now. I found out that there is a line break character (0x0A) at the very beginning of the xml data. Removing that character fixes the problems.

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I just tested the RSS feed with IE8 running on WinXP. It seem to work fine. What's on the rest of the line that has the troublesome character?

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The feed starts with the 0x0A character. Immediately after that the xml declaration begins: "<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8" ?>". I'm using IE8 on Win 7 btw.

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Christoph, how do you know about the 0x0A char? Do you use some tool that shows whitespace?

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I saved the feed as a local file and opened it with an hex editor. It must have been caused by something you changed when you repaired the puzzle feed, because before that these feeds worked perfectly.

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I am also seeing that the Blog feed is broken. I can't subscribe to it through either Firefox 3.6.6 nor Google Chrome on Ubuntu 10.04, and Google Chrome tells me when I try to subscribe that it's not a valid feed.

Joined: 09/18/2009
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Same here.
I can't use other feeds, too.

Joined: 11/10/2007
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Are you still having trouble? I couldn't access them earlier today but now they seem to be working.

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At the first try, it didn't work, but after reloading the page, it worked.

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The news feed and blog feed are still broken for me.

Joined: 11/10/2007
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What URL are you using when the feeds don't work?

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I am using "http://fold.it/portal/feed" as news feed and "http://fold.it/portal/blog/feed" as blog feed. As I've said earlier there is a line-break character before the xml declaration that makes the feed invalid: see the W3C validator results of the news feed and the blog feed.

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The extra blank line should be gone now. Marking as resolved.

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