Why does cURL return error "(23) Failed writing body"?

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This happens when a piped program (e.g. grep) closes the read pipe before the previous program is finished writing the whole page.

In curl "url" | grep -qs foo, as soon as grep has what it wants it will close the read stream from curl. cURL doesn't expect this and emits the "Failed writing body" error.

A workaround is to pipe the stream through an intermediary program that always reads the whole page before feeding it to the next program.


curl "url" | tac | tac | grep -qs foo

tac is a simple Unix program that reads the entire input page and reverses the line order (hence we run it twice). Because it has to read the whole input to find the last line, it will not output anything to grep until cURL is finished. Grep will still close the read stream when it has what it's looking for, but it will only affect tac, which doesn't emit an error.

~ Answered on 2015-03-05 13:58:14

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