# thraxil.org:

## huh. did someone have a bad day?

by lani Tue 15 Oct 2002 20:49:17

got this in my browser. i imagine some pissed of technician taking it out on a little known error. heh heh heh.

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— Unfortunately, Microsoft has added a clever new

— “feature” to Internet Explorer. If the text in

— an error’s message is “too small”, specifically

— less than 512 bytes, Internet Explorer returns

— its own error message. Yes, you can turn that

— off, but surprise it’s pretty tricky to find

— buried as a switch called “smart error

— messages” That means, of course, that many of

— Resin’s error messages are censored by default.

— And, of course, you’ll be shocked to learn that

IIS always returns error messages that are long

— enough to make Internet Explorer happy. The

— workaround is pretty simple: pad the error

— message with a big comment to push it over the

— five hundred and twelve byte minimum. Of course,

— that’s exactly what you’re reading right now.

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