caseif caseif - 9 days ago 4x
C++ Question

libcurl outputting extra trailing bytes when downloading file

I'm having a bit of a strange problem with

. Essentially, while downloading a file from an HTTP server, it's outputting some garbage bytes at the end of the file. Whereas the file should be 1,710,017 bytes, the library instead writes 1,712,128, i.e. 2,111 more. I suspect it's some sort of buffering issue, as the latter number is a multiple of 2^12 (and 2^13, but it conforms to multiples of 2^12 in other cases). The extra data is either a respective number of bytes read from another part of the file (it only seems to read from one of 4 addresses each time, all towards the end), or in one case the byte
repeated 2,111 times.

Relevant code:

std::string url; // defined elsewhere
FILE* data; // initialized elsewhere with option "wb"
CURL* query = curl_easy_init();

curl_easy_setopt(query, CURLOPT_WRITEDATA, data);
curl_easy_setopt(query, CURLOPT_URL, url);
curl_easy_setopt(query, CURLOPT_FOLLOWLOCATION, true);
curl_easy_setopt(query, CURLOPT_SSL_VERIFYPEER, false);

CURLcode res = curl_easy_perform(query);

Also: the same issue occurs when using a simple write callback, and the issue occurs with any given remote server, not just this particular one.

Edit #1: I can only replicate this on Windows (tested on two machines with the same library files). It works on Debian.

Edit #2: It also occurs when
is built on my laptop. To provide additional context, I am building from Marc Hörsken's ZIP (available from the official curl downloads page) using a VC14 environment on Windows 10.


I'm chalking this up to some weird VC bug or otherwise anomalous behavior. Rewriting the problem code to use an fstream instead of a FILE did the trick.