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Re: [Lynx-dev] Lynx, Cygwin, SSL

From: Owen Leibman
Subject: Re: [Lynx-dev] Lynx, Cygwin, SSL
Date: Mon, 8 Apr 2013 20:40:04 -0700 (PDT)

Regarding the first question, no, I don't think this is the intended behavior. No matter which site I access with https protocol, I now get this message with Lynx (and did not previously). I do not get any indication of ssl problems when accessing the same sites with any other browser. Example sites are and But, to answer one of your other questions, yes, I have built on Linux as well and don't have this problem there. But that is immaterial - either Lynx with SSL should work with Cygwin (in which case this might indicate a problem that needs addressing) or it shouldn't (in which case perhaps some sort of disclaimer is needed). In either case, I was just hoping to supply some extra diagnostic information which might lead to an understanding of why this problem might come up, or how it might be solved.

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Date: Sun, 07 Apr 2013 22:41:41 +0530
From: Supriyo Biswas <address@hidden>
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Subject: Re: [Lynx-dev] Lynx-dev Digest, Vol 111, Issue 4
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On 4/5/2013 9:30 PM, address@hidden wrote:

> Not that all is well with the successfully compiled version. Whenever I access a site with https now, I get a prompt: "SSL error: unable to get local issuer certificate - Continue?" This definitely did not happen in July when I built the image, but I cannot tell you when it did start. This also happens when I use the suggested workaround (define CRYPT etc.) with the current release.

Shouldn't this be the exact intended behaviour? Local certificates are
not installed, and every browser does have a list of certificates. Can
you try to build on Linux? It shouldn't happen there, since Linux
presumably should have a list of certificates that Lynx can use.

(Problems with network connectivity and incompatibility of USB modems
entirely prevent me from using Linux.)

> Finally, I noticed during this investigation that, if I try to build on Cygwin with ssl and don't have ssl installed on my system, configure and make nevertheless complete successfully (without ssl of course). I don't know if this is intended, but it seems wrong.

While I don't have much experience, some software is configured to
compile like that - if `configure' doesn't find the dependency it tries
to compile regardless of the option.



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