400: Atom error on attempt to retrieve EXPORT_CONTACTS activity

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400: Atom error on attempt to retrieve EXPORT_CONTACTS activity

I am writing an application in PHP, using basic authentication. I have working code that creates an EXPORT_CONTACTS activity, and saves the URI of the created activity for later polling.


When I throw a GET at that URI, I get back the expected XML entry with a status of COMPLETE, with the file name sitting in a FileName element (formatted like ws/customers/<username>/activities/a07e3zwev56gohmazws.csv, I fill in the https://api.constantcontact.com).


However, when I try to GET that filename, I get the following in return: 'Error 400: The request contains errors in the common Atom sections, which lie outside <entry> or <Content>, such as <feed>, <id>, <author> or <updated>'.


I am very used to this error, but only in the context of POSTing or PUTting contacts. In this case, I am not providing any XML data, but am only initiating a GET request to a URI. Anyone encountered this before?




I tried to recreate the error that you are receiving, by pulling a GET on a recently created activity in my own account, and then doing a GET on the activities CSV file.  It returned a 200 message with the correct data.


You definitely should not be getting back a 400 error with that error message, because you are not sending or receiving atom XML.  One thing to check is in your curl statements, are you setting a content type in the curl options for atom+xml?  If so, try removing that.


If that does not work, please send me your code here.  I will take a look at it and try to determine why you are getting this error message.


If you have any questions please let me know.

Benjamin Soder
NOC Analyst
Constant Contact
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Here's the resolution for this, just in case anyone else has this problem. This turned out to be a defect on the Constant Contact side. The cause of the failure was having an '@' sign in a username.

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