Friday, August 14, 2009

HTTP Error 500 - Internal server error

A generic error message, given when no more specific message is suitable. A common error being seen in the websites when there is overloading of traffic when the server is unable to pinpoint the specific error.

The Web server (running the Web Site) encountered an unexpected condition that prevented it from fulfilling the request by the client (e.g. your Web browser or our CheckUpDown robot) for access to the requested URL.

This is a 'catch-all' error generated by the Web server. Basically something has gone wrong, but the server can not be more specific about the error condition in its response to the client. In addition to the 500 error notified back to the client, the Web server should generate some kind of internal error log which gives more details of what went wrong. It is up to the operators of the Web server site to locate and analyse these logs.

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