Re: [htdig] the mysterious "Deleted, no excerpt" problem

Subject: Re: [htdig] the mysterious "Deleted, no excerpt" problem
From: Gilles Detillieux (
Date: Tue May 23 2000 - 07:46:47 PDT

According to Patrick Robinson:
> I don't know why BBEdit might have strewn text files with nulls, but I'm
> also not sure why htdig can't read those files. But I might suspect that
> there's a null-terminated string that contains the document. In my case,
> there was typically a null as the first byte of the file, which might make
> the file look empty. Is that it?

Yes, that's it exactly. If it is indeed valid to have null bytes
within an HTML file, then this is a bug in the HTML parser, and it
should be fixed to either strip them out before treating the string
as a null-terminated string, or to change them to something harmless.
If nulls are invalid within HTML, then it's BBEdit that's at fault.
In either case, I can't imagine what value these nulls could be, so it's
probably still a bug in BBEdit that is causing these nulls to appear.

I should check the code to make sure this doesn't affect the external
parser handler, which may have to deal with files which can legitimately
contain nulls.

Gilles R. Detillieux              E-mail: <>
Spinal Cord Research Centre       WWW:
Dept. Physiology, U. of Manitoba  Phone:  (204)789-3766
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