Better error messages maybe? :-)

Jeremy Smith jeremyrsmith at
Mon Aug 15 12:47:49 PDT 2005

Thanks, the trailing slash was the problem.  D'oh!

Now, another question: How is an OpenID consumer to deal with staying
logged in?  Shall I verify the ID (entailing a series of redirects)
for every page request?

On 8/13/05, Brad Fitzpatrick <brad at> wrote:
> On Sat, 13 Aug 2005, Jeremy Smith wrote:
> ....
> >
> > The site you came from seems to want to verify an
> > identity( that you, as jeremysmith,
> > cannot provide.
> >
> > Now this is obviously not the case, so it would be nice if I had a
> > better error message so I knew what the problem really was (bad
> > association, etc?)
> As Taral said, it's the trailing slash.
> So the error message from LiveJournal, while vague, is accurate becase
> LiveJournal won't assert identities that don't conform to the spec.
> (which mentions the canonicalization process consumers must do on the URL)
> > Also, should I not be using LJ to test this?  I.E. is there an OpenID
> > server set up specifically for testing?  I don't want to cause any
> > problems :-P
> LiveJournal (server or consumer), or (consumer) or
> (consumer) all use the same Perl server/consumer
> libraries, which are sort of the "reference implementation" which I hope
> are totally correct.
> Feel free to use any of them to test.
> And if you find bugs in the Perl libraries, do let me know.
> - Brad

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