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Old 09-07-2008, 09:38 AM
"Eugene V. Lyubimkin"
Default html2text: remove limited built-in http support?

Hi -devel.

Currently packaged html2text have limited built-in http support.
This means that html2text can work not only with pipe ("curl http://www.debian.org |
html2text") and local files ("html2text index.html"), but also with web directly
("html2text http://www.debian.org").

However, http support is very limited - it doesn't support proxy, named vhosts and http
redirections. It caused "wontfix" bugs [1], [2].

The author's opinion is to add compile option to remove http support (in some future),
mainly for compatibility reasons [3].

html2text in testing already have a README.Debian that encourage users to use html2text
through pipe with curl or wget with a short examples.

Finally, http support in html2text is unsupported bunch of code that also makes
implementing of meta-encoding tag and input/output recoding more hard to do (requested in

Can we remove html2text's http support for squeeze?

[1] http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=285378
[2] http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=307425
[3] http://www.mbayer.de/html2text/faq.shtml#sect4
[4] http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=496226

Eugene V. Lyubimkin aka JackYF, Ukrainian C++ developer.

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