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Chris asked on 08 Feb 2011, 07:08 PM

I have the RadScriptManager and the RadComboBox working correctly on my site for most users, but several have reported encountering JavaScript errors that I cannot reproduce/ troubleshoot.

The details of the error they are encountering are below.  Anyone have any ideas on how to resovle/troubleshoot this?


 

The error seems to imply a request that does not return JavaScript, but that doesn’t make sense since the error is occurring with http://aspnet-scripts.telerikstatic.com/ajaxz/2010.2.929/Common/Core.js

Error Details:
User Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 8.0; Windows NT 6.1; Trident/4.0; SLCC2; .NET CLR 2.0.50727; .NET CLR 3.5.30729; .NET CLR 3.0.30729; Media Center PC 6.0; .NET CLR 1.1.4322; Tablet PC 2.0; .NET4.0C; InfoPath.3; MS-RTC LM 8; Zune 4.7)

 

Timestamp: Tue, 8 Feb 2011 00:00:24 UTC

Message: Invalid character

Line: 1

Char: 1

Code: 0

URI: http://aspnet-scripts.telerikstatic.com/ajaxz/2010.2.929/Common/Core.js

 

Message: Invalid character

Line: 1

Char: 1

Code: 0

URI: http://aspnet-scripts.telerikstatic.com/ajaxz/2010.2.929/Common/jQuery.js

 

Message: Invalid character

Line: 1

Char: 1

Code: 0

URI: http://aspnet-scripts.telerikstatic.com/ajaxz/2010.2.929/Common/jQueryPlugins.js

 

Message: Invalid character

Line: 1

Char: 1

Code: 0

URI: http://aspnet-scripts.telerikstatic.com/ajaxz/2010.2.929/Common/Navigation/NavigationScripts.js

 

Message: Invalid character

Line: 1

Char: 1

Code: 0

URI: http://aspnet-scripts.telerikstatic.com/ajaxz/2010.2.929/ComboBox/RadComboBoxScripts.js

 

Message: 'Telerik' is undefined

Line: 306

Char: 5

Code: 0

URI: http://mySiteUrl

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Simon
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answered on 13 Feb 2011, 07:51 PM
Hello Chris,

This is a compressed resource and the error hints the inability of the browser to uncompress it. Can you ask your users that are seeing these errors to open the script resource directly in their browser by pasting the URL:
http://aspnet-scripts.telerikstatic.com/ajaxz/2010.2.929/Common/Core.js

Are they seeing JavaScript code or unrecognizable sequence symbols?

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Simon
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Aaron C
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answered on 27 May 2011, 05:45 PM
I am getting this while running IE8, the file is not being uncompressed, it is an unrecognizable sequence of symbols.  What do I need to do to get IE to load the uncompressed versions?
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Simon
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answered on 03 Jun 2011, 04:00 PM
Hello Aaron C,

It is possible that the resource has been compressed twice. Do you have any other means of compression enabled on your web server/application (apart from RadScriptManager)? (You can easily test this by setting the OutputCompression property of RSM to 'Disabled'.)

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Andrew W
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answered on 12 Jul 2011, 01:15 PM
Is there any resolution for this problem? We've noticed that some of our users are constantly getting this error.

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Aaron C
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answered on 12 Jul 2011, 03:11 PM
In my case the issue was what Simon suggested, the files were being compressed twice.  Try setting the OutputCompression property to disabled.
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Andrew W
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answered on 12 Jul 2011, 03:28 PM
But how it can be compressed twice if this supposed to be downloaded straight to the client from Telerik site?

http://aspnet-scripts.telerikstatic.com/ajaxz/2010.3.1215/Common/Core.js

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Simon
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answered on 15 Jul 2011, 02:55 PM
Hello Andrew W,

Indeed, the CDN resources (http://aspnet-scripts.telerikstatic.com/ajaxz/) are compressed only once, so there must be something else causing the problem on your side.

Additionally I was able to properly open http://aspnet-scripts.telerikstatic.com/ajaxz/2010.3.1215/Common/Core.js in IE, Firefox and Chrome without issues. Can you let me know in which browsers did your users experience the problem?

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Simon
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answered on 15 Jul 2011, 03:05 PM
IE 8.0
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Simon
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answered on 18 Jul 2011, 01:06 PM
Hi Andrew W,

Since the files on the CDN are compressed only once and a subset of your users are getting the error constantly while the others do not get it at all, this may be a browser issue.

Could you please gather a bit more info about the users that get the error and their browsers:
  • Version of IE8;
  • Do they get the error while browsing through HTTPS and do they get it through HTTP?
Also could a client log the traffic on their side with FiddlerCap and send you (and me) the logs for inspection? (If you or they are concerned of their privacy, please open a support ticket and send us the logs there.)

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Simon
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Daryl Skeeters
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answered on 16 Sep 2011, 09:29 PM
Was this ever resolved?  I'm having the same issue. I have a support ticket regarding this already.
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Simon
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answered on 26 Sep 2011, 11:15 AM
Hello Daryl,

We haven't yet received enough information about the problem discussed in this forum thread.

Could you please let me know the ID of the support ticket you have submitted so that I check its status?

Best wishes,
Simon
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answered on 12 Oct 2011, 07:46 AM
Hi Simon,

Is there any update on the issue. I am facing the same problem. Below are the details:

1. My web application that uses multiple telerik controls and is accessed over HTTPS
2. The applications works fine on all browsers (IE6,7,8, Firefox, Safari) except for some machines that have IE8 8.0.6001.18702 installed (most likely with Windows XP OS).
3. The browser throws javascript errors like "Message: '$telerik' is undefined" on accessing the web application
4. The browser shows garbage values on accessing the link-  http://aspnet-scripts.telerikstatic.com/ajaxz/2010.3.1215/Common/Core.js
5. It seems the browser is not able to decompress the compressed js files

Questions
1. Do we have a workaround available for the telerik controls, so that the issue gets resolved on IE8 8.0.6001.18702
2. If it is a browser issue then is there an update (service packs) available that resolve the compression issue

Please let me know if there any other information needed to track down the issue.

Thanks,
Varun
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Simon
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answered on 12 Oct 2011, 12:55 PM
Hi Varun,

Here is a MS KB article that matches the symptoms you described. Please install the update and let me know how it goes.

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Simon
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answered on 12 Oct 2011, 01:04 PM
Hi Simon,

Thanks for your reply. The MSKB article applies to IE6 whereas we are facing this issue with IE8 8.0.6001.18702.
It would be helpful if you can provide some information on this specific version of IE8.
Thanks,
Varun
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Simon
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answered on 12 Oct 2011, 02:46 PM
Hello Varun,

Thank you for the correction.

This was the only resource I was able to find that matched all the symptoms of the problem, except that it addressed IE6 instead of IE8. We still haven't found the solution to this.

Additionally we just tested the same version of IE8 on this demo and although there was a message that there was mixed content on the page, the scripts loaded fine and the control worked as it should.

So I'm afraid I cannot provide you with anything helpful at the moment. I suspect this is an OS-update-related problem but without reproducing it I would be unable to confirm it.

If you find something of relevance, please let us know.

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Simon
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Daryl Skeeters
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answered on 12 Oct 2011, 03:56 PM
Sorry for the late update.  But I resolved my issue by removing the referrences to the CDN in my Web.Config AppSettings.  Our site runs via Intranet.
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answered on 11 Nov 2011, 10:37 AM
Hi,

I was able to resolve the issue by using the following settings in the web.config:

      <scriptResourceHandler enableCompression="false" enableCaching="true" />

Using this setting the js files would not be compressed. I understand this is not a desirable solution but had to use this setting so that the users can atleast use the application at the cost of increasing the page size.

Please let me know if there is any other workaround.

Thanks,
Varun
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Casey
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answered on 16 May 2012, 07:05 PM
Is there any reason why this would be impacting some users and not others? It doesn't make sense to me that it would be an issue that can only be fixed with a modification to the web.config when only a few users are experiencing the issue. It sounds like there are some IE settings that are causing the extra compression, but only for the select few users. 

Is anybody aware of a setting in IE that compresses the js files? 

Thanks,
Casey
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Casey
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answered on 21 May 2012, 04:54 PM
I figured out what was causing this error for some of my users. I'm still not sure why this was impacting some, but not others. I was not able to reproduce the error on my computer with the same browser version, and IE settings. 

For some reason, the following two lines were in my web.config file, and I know that I didn't manually add them, so they were automatically put in there for some reason.

<appSettings>
        <add key="Telerik.ScriptManager.TelerikCdn" value="Enabled"/>
        <add key="Telerik.StyleSheetManager.TelerikCdn" value="Enabled"/>
    </appSettings>

Once I removed the <appSettings> section from my web.config the users were able to view the site without any errors.

I am using v2011.3.1115.35. Any ideas why this would be impacting some users and not others? 

I hope that this helps anybody else experiencing this frustrating issue.

Thanks!
Casey
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Genady Sergeev
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answered on 24 May 2012, 02:04 PM
Hello Chris,

Thank you for sharing this resolution with the community. These two properties turn on the CDN so that when user opens a page the scripts are not shipped from your website but from the closest CDN server. Now what might have been happening is that some of your users do use Intranet or have the CDN server blocked for some reason. This will lead to no scripts being shipped to them which in turn leads to malfunctioning website.

Greetings,
Genady Sergeev
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answered on 24 May 2012, 03:35 PM
Hi Genady,

What would be the benefit of having these resources delivered by the CDN instead of our website? I'm assuming one of the benefits is that the content delivered by the CDN is compressed. However, if compression is enabled from our servers handing the response, would there be any benefit to using the CDN vs our server? 

Thanks!
Casey
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Dimitar Terziev
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answered on 29 May 2012, 10:20 AM
Hello Casey,

The main benefit of the CDN support is the caching. Please refer to the following help article here regarding the CDN support of the RadStyleSheetManager control. As for the compression, the resources loaded from the CDN are already compressed, but same could be done when they are served through the web resources handler since both RadStyleSheetManager and RadScriptManager could compress their output.

All the best,
Dimitar Terziev
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