I was trying to use RSSscraper to pul some web forums, and something
level went bang in the Net::* libraries.

I found some old references to this error from last year, and I
got the impression it was platform specific?

Can anyone else let me know if this causes problems for them?

It's obviously site specific , url = 'http://www.google.com' has no problems...

Here's the miniaml code (open(url)... is 'line 6' in the code below):

  require 'open-uri'

  url = 'http://p218.ezboard.com/fdebatingukfrm9'
  page = open(url).readlines

If I run this I get:

rasputin@lb:rss$ ./regex.rb 
/data/ruby/lib/ruby/1.9/net/protocol.rb:135:in `sysread': End of file reached (EOFError)
        from /data/ruby/lib/ruby/1.9/net/protocol.rb:135:in `rbuf_fill'
        from /data/ruby/lib/ruby/1.9/net/protocol.rb:116:in `readuntil'
        from /data/ruby/lib/ruby/1.9/net/protocol.rb:126:in `readline'
        from /data/ruby/lib/ruby/1.9/net/http.rb:1850:in `read_status_line'
        from /data/ruby/lib/ruby/1.9/net/http.rb:1839:in `read_new'
        from /data/ruby/lib/ruby/1.9/net/http.rb:934:in `request'
        from /data/ruby/lib/ruby/1.9/net/http.rb:834:in `request_get'
        from /data/ruby/lib/ruby/1.9/open-uri.rb:545:in `proxy_open'
         ... 7 levels...
        from /data/ruby/lib/ruby/1.9/open-uri.rb:134:in `open_uri'
        from /data/ruby/lib/ruby/1.9/open-uri.rb:424:in `open'
        from /data/ruby/lib/ruby/1.9/open-uri.rb:85:in `open'
        from ./regex.rb:6

This is exactly the error I was getting on the front of RSSscraper.
If it helps narrow it down, through a proxy i get:

rasputin@lb:rss$ ./regex.rb 
/data/ruby/lib/ruby/1.9/open-uri.rb:574:in `proxy_open': 503 Service Unavailable (OpenURI::HTTPError)
        from /data/ruby/lib/ruby/1.9/open-uri.rb:167:in `open_loop'
        from /data/ruby/lib/ruby/1.9/open-uri.rb:164:in `catch'
        from /data/ruby/lib/ruby/1.9/open-uri.rb:164:in `open_loop'
        from /data/ruby/lib/ruby/1.9/open-uri.rb:134:in `open_uri'
        from /data/ruby/lib/ruby/1.9/open-uri.rb:424:in `open'
        from /data/ruby/lib/ruby/1.9/open-uri.rb:85:in `open'
        from ./regex.rb:6

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