OverlordQ has asked for the wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:

Seems the latest 'update' to libwww-perl broke things that used to work with POE::Component::Client::HTTP.

After the upgrade my script dies on certain requests but always in the same spot and giving the same error:
HTTP::Message content must be bytes at /home/overlordq/lib/POE/Component/Client/HTTP/ line 187
The relevant lines in PoCo::Client::HTTP are:
eval { $content = $response->decoded_content }; if ($content) { $response->content($content); }

Digging through HTTP::Message, this has to do with utf8 stuff in the content, and the relevant lines in there are:
In the content subroutine is a call to _set_content, and in _set_content is a call to _utf8_downgrade:
*_utf8_downgrade = defined(&utf8::downgrade) ? sub { utf8::downgrade($_[0], 1) or Carp::croak("HTTP::Message content must be bytes") } : sub { };
Looking through the libwww changelog I noticed: "Don't allow HTTP::Message content to be set to Unicode strings."

Any suggestions on what's a man to do? And which module has the wrong behavior so I know where to report it? FWIW, here's the headers being sent back from the server that causes the error and possibly a related cpan bug:
HTTP/1.x 200 OK Date: Thu, 01 May 2008 02:30:39 GMT Server: Apache X-Powered-By: PHP/5.2.5 Cache-Control: private, s-maxage=0, max-age=0, must-revalidate Content-Language: en Vary: Accept-Encoding,Cookie Expires: Thu, 01 Jan 1970 00:00:00 GMT Content-Encoding: gzip Content-Length: 12241 Content-Type: text/html; charset=utf-8 Connection: keep-alive