[vlc-devel] http intf: ensure the password is set

Rob Jonson rob at hobbyistsoftware.com
Fri Apr 26 14:33:33 CEST 2013

from the point of view of using the http interface from a remote, it would
be massively helpful if the http interface loaded, and gave a meaningful
response when the password was not defined.

there will be a load of people upgrading from 2.0 who have extraintf=http
already set in vlcrc.

as it stands, they'll fire up vlc and it will fail to load the http

when I fired up 2.1 a couple of days ago, my first troubleshooting step was
to go to localhost:8080. If I had seen a 403 with a 'please set your
password' message, then I would have had something to work with.

equally, if my remote app sees a meaningful message, then I can deal with
the problem, rather than being unsure whether there is a network problem,
or whether vlc is just incorrectly configured

putting it another way; http remote interface is used by a lot of people
who don't understand what's going on. Providing feedback at the interface
level makes it a lot easier for me to guide them.



On 26 April 2013 11:43, Jean-Baptiste Kempf <jb at videolan.org> wrote:

> On 25 Apr, Francois Cartegnie wrote :
> > > From: Rémi Denis-Courmont <remi at remlab.net>
> > > Date: Mon, 22 Apr 2013 16:35:01 +0000 (+0300)
> > > Subject: http intf: ensure the password is set
> > > X-Git-Url:
> http://git.videolan.org/?p=vlc.git;a=commitdiff_plain;h=51719d5a03afd84eb0ddc76eed393b196d15b0d0
> > >
> >
> > > +assert(password ~= "", "password not defined")
> >
> > Lots of users complains to be expected...
> Why not a dialog?
> Best regards,
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