PRB: Query String Truncated

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When you send a long query string from a WinInet application to a Web server, the query string may be truncated.


This issue occurs because of the length limitation of the URL in WinInet, which is defined in the Wininet.h file as follows:
#define INTERNET_MAX_PATH_LENGTH        2048
#define INTERNET_MAX_SCHEME_LENGTH      32          // longest protocol name length
This behavior is by design.

Note: Because Internet Explorer and Internet Transfer Control also use WinInet, the same issue may occur.


To resolve this issue, use the HTTP POST method. For example:

Using Internet Transfer Control on the client side:
Private Sub Command1_Click()
Dim strData As String
strData = "QName=longquerystring+longquerystring+longquerystring+longquerystring"
Inet1.Execute "http://myserver/scripts/post.asp", "POST", strData, "Content-Type: application/x-www-form-urlencoded" & vbCrLf & "Connection: Keep-Alive"
End Sub
Using ASP on the server side:
<% cName = Request("QName") %>
Hello, the data you posted is: <br>
<% =CName %>. 
Hello, the data you posted is: <br>


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For additional information on how to properly simulate a Form POST in WinInet, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
165298 HOWTO: Simulate a Form POST Request Using WinInet


For more information on URL-encoding and the format of a Form POST request, see section 8.2 in RFC 1866.


Article ID: 254786 - Last Review: October 20, 2013 - Revision: 4.0
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