GnuTLS error -8: A record packet with illegal version was received.

Nikos Mavrogiannopoulos nmav at
Thu Dec 2 09:45:44 CET 2010

On 12/02/2010 09:32 AM, Richard Wardt van Duijvenbode wrote:
> Sorry for that. Didn't notice the CC there. For the preferred error 
> message format you can look over here: 
> For further 
> information regarding the error message format, you can contact jmd. 
> He came with this on the gnu irc server. Any questions about the 
> error itself can be directed to me.

gnutls is a library not application. We just report an error code to
the application and the application may convert it back to a string (as
it is done here), which explains the error code further. This is pretty
much different than the standard you mention. The application using
gnutls though may format the string as it likes.

Thus if the application has to conform to the gnu coding standards and
it doesn't you should file a bug report against this application.


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