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Getting errors with webchat

Posted: Wed Jul 05, 2006 10:37 am
by Davio
Did a search for this problem and didn't find any similar threads, so I am wondering if it is a problem with my computer.

Using the webchat, I am repeatedly getting the following errors in a new window after I click the login button @
Method Not Allowed
The requested method POST is not allowed for the URL /403.html.

Apache/1.3.33 Server at Port 80
I am using Firefox 1.5.04 on Windows XP Pro.

It shows me connecting to the server and lets me go into the chat room. But doing any kind of action (like entering a message and pressing enter, doing a whois) causes this error to open in a new window.

Since no one else seems to be having this problem, maybe it is something on my end? :(

Posted: Wed Jul 05, 2006 12:52 pm
by munky
it's because you have no http_referer. firefox, your firewall, or something is blocking your referer from being sent to the server, which is causing it to deny access.
check your browser settings and/or disable your firewall and try again.

Posted: Wed Jul 05, 2006 7:30 pm
by Davio
The HTTP_REFERER? I don't have anything blocking that field from being read by any website.

I am using ZoneAlarm the free version. I know the Pro version has that feature.

I have an ASP script that checks the HTTP_REFERER field and it shows up ok.

I'm not getting an access denied to the chat server. I connect ok to the server and to the room. It's just that anything I try to do, like submit a message or enter an irc command, this error message comes up in a new window and my commands or messages doesn't go through.

So connection is ok, but not able to chat or do anything else.

Posted: Thu Jul 06, 2006 11:38 am
by munky
you have something messing with HTTP_REFERER
there are dozens of users that chat without problems on webchat every day. the only thing in the configuration that can send you to /403.html is if there is no HTTP_REFERER

so, like i said, try turning off your firewall and try again. every time in the past 6 months anyone tells me they have problems with webchat, they are using zonealarm, and disabling it resolves the issue.

Posted: Thu Jul 06, 2006 8:03 pm
by Davio
Munky, I read what you're saying. That it has happened in the past with other users and the firewall was the problem. But I am finding hard to believe that, that is the problem.

But before I disable my firewall to test this, I tried login in with Opera 9 and IE 6, and they work perfectly.

So could it still be my firewall? Could it be a cookie issue? Or a javascript issue? Must be a setting I am overlooking.

Thanks for the help so far munky.

Posted: Fri Jul 07, 2006 12:59 am
by munky
you're right, it seems to be something either new in firefox or in the latest updates to cgi:irc that broke the htaccess rules.
i entered an exception for firefox for now, and it should work for you again.

Posted: Fri Jul 07, 2006 2:25 am
by Davio
munky, that change works for me. :)
Thanks much. Appreciate it. :)

Posted: Sat Jul 08, 2006 3:50 am
by deww
Not sure when the change was made, but I tested with firefox before the post about the change was made and was able to connect. Hmmm.

Posted: Mon Jul 10, 2006 2:37 am
by munky
i was able to connect as well. but sending any commands (privmsg, join, etc) caused the error described.