Since commit 17966c0a6 (http: avoid disconnecting on 404s
for loose objects, 2016-07-11), we turn off curl's
FAILONERROR option and instead manually deal with failing
HTTP codes.

However, the logic to do so only recognizes HTTP 404 as a
failure. This is probably the most common result, but if we
were to get another code, the curl result remains CURLE_OK,
and we treat it as success. We still end up detecting the
failure when we try to zlib-inflate the object (which will
fail), but instead of reporting the HTTP error, we just
claim that the object is corrupt.

Instead, let's catch anything in the 300's or above as an
error (300's are redirects which are not an error at the
HTTP level, but are an indication that we've explicitly
disabled redirects, so we should treat them as such; we
certainly don't have the resulting object content).

Note that we also fill in req->errorstr, which we didn't do
before. Without FAILONERROR, curl will not have filled this
in, and it will remain a blank string. This never mattered
for the 404 case, because in the logic below we hit the
"missing_target()" branch and print nothing. But for other
errors, we'd want to say _something_, if only to fill in the
blank slot in the error message.

Signed-off-by: Jeff King <>
 http-walker.c | 7 +++++--
 1 file changed, 5 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)

diff --git a/http-walker.c b/http-walker.c
index 25a8b1ad4..c2f81cd6a 100644
--- a/http-walker.c
+++ b/http-walker.c
@@ -482,10 +482,13 @@ static int fetch_object(struct walker *walker, unsigned 
char *sha1)
         * we turned off CURLOPT_FAILONERROR to avoid losing a
         * persistent connection and got CURLE_OK.
-       if (req->http_code == 404 && req->curl_result == CURLE_OK &&
+       if (req->http_code >= 300 && req->curl_result == CURLE_OK &&
                        (starts_with(req->url, "http://";) ||
-                        starts_with(req->url, "https://";)))
+                        starts_with(req->url, "https://";))) {
                req->curl_result = CURLE_HTTP_RETURNED_ERROR;
+               xsnprintf(req->errorstr, sizeof(req->errorstr),
+                         "HTTP request failed");
+       }
        if (obj_req->state == ABORTED) {
                ret = error("Request for %s aborted", hex);

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