[CentOS-devel] Mirror breakage
jnewbigin at ict.swin.edu.au
Tue May 24 00:21:56 UTC 2005
The tool I use for managing my local CentOS-3 mirror has started to
choke on some changes to the centos mirrors.
The URL I am using is:
And I get the error:
/tmp/rpmfindjLOxxX:271: error: htmlParseEntityRef: expecting ';'
to donate a server: <a href="mailto:johnny at centos.org?subject=Server
The offending html is:
<a href="mailto:johnny at centos.org?subject=Server
Donation&cc=lance at centos.org ">Contact us</a>
I am not using rpmfind, but reusing code I wrote for rpmfind (the
The problem appears to be libxml (libxml2-2.4.19-6.ent) barfing. I
wonder though if the page being generated by the server is valid?
As a workaround I pointed to:
which works but kind of defeats the purpose.
I checked the page with the w3c html valiadtor. Not good
Line 57, column 206: cannot generate system identifier for general
...y at centos.org?subject=Server Donation&cc=lance at centos.org ">Contact
An entity reference was found in the document, but there is no reference
by that name defined. Often this is caused by misspelling the reference
name, unencoded ampersands, or by leaving off the trailing semicolon
(;). The most common cause of this error is unencoded ampersands in URLs
as described by the WDG in "Ampersands in URLs".
Entity references start with an ampersand (&) and end with a semicolon
(;). If you want to use a literal ampersand in your document you must
encode it as "&" (even inside URLs!). Be careful to end entity
references with a semicolon or your entity reference may get interpreted
in connection with the following text. Also keep in mind that named
entity references are case-sensitive; &Aelig; and æ are different
Note that in most documents, errors related to entity references will
trigger up to 5 separate messages from the Validator. Usually these will
all disappear when the original problem is fixed.
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Faculty of Information and Communication Technologies
Swinburne University of Technology
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