Spurious "Couldn't resolve hostname"

Bret Busby bret.busby at gmail.com
Tue Nov 6 11:41:16 GMT 2018

On 06/11/2018, Richard Porter <ricp at minijem.plus.com> wrote:
> Anyone else getting this? I've had it from one or two addresses,
> for example:
> http://www.natwest.com/global/customer-charter/g1/ideas-bank.ashx
> gives me the error "Couldn't resolve hostname" yet the host name appears
> to be OK. What's more if I delete the last element NetSurf does resolve
> the host name and gives me an expected 404 error.
> --
> Richard Porter                      http://www.minijem.plus.com/
> t: @westernexplorer                 mailto:ricp at minijem.plus.com
> I don't want a "user experience" - I just want stuff that works.

I do  not know where you are, or, wherever you are, the quality of
your Internet connection, but, here in Australia, after the feral
government imposed the No Bl***y Network on us, Internet connections
have become erratic and intermittent, leading to lots of such errors,
which, upon retrying, oft disappear, when the connection is (however
briefly) restored.

However, I have just tried to visit that particular URL, and, got
errors, and, changes/redirections, as I progressively went up levels,
to the base URL.

It could be either a shonky web site (I am well aware of what the URL
belongs to, but, that does not mean that they are capable of, or,
willing to, present a decent web site), or, it can be an issue with
the "https:", which causes different problems with different browsers,
or, both.

Bret Busby
West Australia

"So once you do know what the question actually is,
 you'll know what the answer means."
- Deep Thought,
 Chapter 28 of Book 1 of
 "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy:
 A Trilogy In Four Parts",
 written by Douglas Adams,
 published by Pan Books, 1992


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