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This is not an RSS feed

Various things we do at work involve taking RSS feeds from elsewhere. Some incompetent people emit feeds that are broken in one way or another.

Lately, one of our customers — one of the world’s biggest producers of shrink-wrapped software, it turns out — has taken to intermittently sending this when asked for some of the feeds they insist we pull from them:

<HTML><HEAD><META HTTP-EQUIV="Refresh" CONTENT="0.1">
<META HTTP-EQUIV="Pragma" CONTENT="no cache">
<META HTTP-EQUIV="Expires" CONTENT="-1">
</HEAD></HTML>

It need hardly be pointed out that this is NOT a fucking feed. It’s not even XML.

The first time this happened, I just re-ran our daily feed-polling job manually until it worked. But it’s been happening every day for the past week or two now, so I have to decide whether to continue to put up with this, or to waste yet more of my time coming up with a way to work round it.

Grr.