Issues with client.readString

Hello, I'm attempting to replicate the project shown here, but using an ESP32 I had laying around.

The purpose of the project is to recieve messages from a github gist text file, then read and display them on a screen, and move a servo when the message hasn't been read. So far the main thing I'm getting caught up on is reading a string/characters from the text file stored on my gist. Using a modified version of a WifiClient example (attached below), I'm able to connect to the server over port 443 successfully (was originally getting redirect code, but fixed that now), however the only thing I'm getting caught up on is reading a string from the site. When I do, it continues to print empty lines rather than the text I've added.

Does anyone have any tips on getting it to read from my gist? If not, is there a simple way to send text to an ESP32 and/or ESP8266 over the internet without having to create a website or something similar?

Any help is appreciated, I'll attach the code and what it's trying to read below:

/*
  Wifi secure connection example for ESP32
  Running on TLS 1.2 using mbedTLS
  Suporting the following chipersuites:
  "TLS_ECDHE_ECDSA_WITH_AES_256_GCM_SHA384","TLS_ECDHE_RSA_WITH_AES_256_GCM_SHA384","TLS_DHE_RSA_WITH_AES_256_GCM_SHA384","TLS_ECDHE_ECDSA_WITH_AES_256_CCM","TLS_DHE_RSA_WITH_AES_256_CCM","TLS_ECDHE_ECDSA_WITH_AES_256_CBC_SHA384","TLS_ECDHE_RSA_WITH_AES_256_CBC_SHA384","TLS_DHE_RSA_WITH_AES_256_CBC_SHA256","TLS_ECDHE_ECDSA_WITH_AES_256_CBC_SHA","TLS_ECDHE_RSA_WITH_AES_256_CBC_SHA","TLS_DHE_RSA_WITH_AES_256_CBC_SHA","TLS_ECDHE_ECDSA_WITH_AES_256_CCM_8","TLS_DHE_RSA_WITH_AES_256_CCM_8","TLS_ECDHE_ECDSA_WITH_CAMELLIA_256_GCM_SHA384","TLS_ECDHE_RSA_WITH_CAMELLIA_256_GCM_SHA384","TLS_DHE_RSA_WITH_CAMELLIA_256_GCM_SHA384","TLS_ECDHE_ECDSA_WITH_CAMELLIA_256_CBC_SHA384","TLS_ECDHE_RSA_WITH_CAMELLIA_256_CBC_SHA384","TLS_DHE_RSA_WITH_CAMELLIA_256_CBC_SHA256","TLS_DHE_RSA_WITH_CAMELLIA_256_CBC_SHA","TLS_ECDHE_ECDSA_WITH_AES_128_GCM_SHA256","TLS_ECDHE_RSA_WITH_AES_128_GCM_SHA256","TLS_DHE_RSA_WITH_AES_128_GCM_SHA256","TLS_ECDHE_ECDSA_WITH_AES_128_CCM","TLS_DHE_RSA_WITH_AES_128_CCM","TLS_ECDHE_ECDSA_WITH_AES_128_CBC_SHA256","TLS_ECDHE_RSA_WITH_AES_128_CBC_SHA256","TLS_DHE_RSA_WITH_AES_128_CBC_SHA256","TLS_ECDHE_ECDSA_WITH_AES_128_CBC_SHA","TLS_ECDHE_RSA_WITH_AES_128_CBC_SHA","TLS_DHE_RSA_WITH_AES_128_CBC_SHA","TLS_ECDHE_ECDSA_WITH_AES_128_CCM_8","TLS_DHE_RSA_WITH_AES_128_CCM_8","TLS_ECDHE_ECDSA_WITH_CAMELLIA_128_GCM_SHA256","TLS_ECDHE_RSA_WITH_CAMELLIA_128_GCM_SHA256","TLS_DHE_RSA_WITH_CAMELLIA_128_GCM_SHA256","TLS_ECDHE_ECDSA_WITH_CAMELLIA_128_CBC_SHA256","TLS_ECDHE_RSA_WITH_CAMELLIA_128_CBC_SHA256","TLS_DHE_RSA_WITH_CAMELLIA_128_CBC_SHA256","TLS_DHE_RSA_WITH_CAMELLIA_128_CBC_SHA","TLS_ECDHE_ECDSA_WITH_3DES_EDE_CBC_SHA","TLS_ECDHE_RSA_WITH_3DES_EDE_CBC_SHA","TLS_DHE_RSA_WITH_3DES_EDE_CBC_SHA","TLS_DHE_PSK_WITH_AES_256_GCM_SHA384","TLS_DHE_PSK_WITH_AES_256_CCM","TLS_ECDHE_PSK_WITH_AES_256_CBC_SHA384","TLS_DHE_PSK_WITH_AES_256_CBC_SHA384","TLS_ECDHE_PSK_WITH_AES_256_CBC_SHA","TLS_DHE_PSK_WITH_AES_256_CBC_SHA","TLS_DHE_PSK_WITH_CAMELLIA_256_GCM_SHA384","TLS_ECDHE_PSK_WITH_CAMELLIA_256_CBC_SHA384","TLS_DHE_PSK_WITH_CAMELLIA_256_CBC_SHA384","TLS_PSK_DHE_WITH_AES_256_CCM_8","TLS_DHE_PSK_WITH_AES_128_GCM_SHA256","TLS_DHE_PSK_WITH_AES_128_CCM","TLS_ECDHE_PSK_WITH_AES_128_CBC_SHA256","TLS_DHE_PSK_WITH_AES_128_CBC_SHA256","TLS_ECDHE_PSK_WITH_AES_128_CBC_SHA","TLS_DHE_PSK_WITH_AES_128_CBC_SHA","TLS_DHE_PSK_WITH_CAMELLIA_128_GCM_SHA256","TLS_DHE_PSK_WITH_CAMELLIA_128_CBC_SHA256","TLS_ECDHE_PSK_WITH_CAMELLIA_128_CBC_SHA256","TLS_PSK_DHE_WITH_AES_128_CCM_8","TLS_ECDHE_PSK_WITH_3DES_EDE_CBC_SHA","TLS_DHE_PSK_WITH_3DES_EDE_CBC_SHA","TLS_RSA_WITH_AES_256_GCM_SHA384","TLS_RSA_WITH_AES_256_CCM","TLS_RSA_WITH_AES_256_CBC_SHA256","TLS_RSA_WITH_AES_256_CBC_SHA","TLS_ECDH_RSA_WITH_AES_256_GCM_SHA384","TLS_ECDH_RSA_WITH_AES_256_CBC_SHA384","TLS_ECDH_RSA_WITH_AES_256_CBC_SHA","TLS_ECDH_ECDSA_WITH_AES_256_GCM_SHA384","TLS_ECDH_ECDSA_WITH_AES_256_CBC_SHA384","TLS_ECDH_ECDSA_WITH_AES_256_CBC_SHA","TLS_RSA_WITH_AES_256_CCM_8","TLS_RSA_WITH_CAMELLIA_256_GCM_SHA384","TLS_RSA_WITH_CAMELLIA_256_CBC_SHA256","TLS_RSA_WITH_CAMELLIA_256_CBC_SHA","TLS_ECDH_RSA_WITH_CAMELLIA_256_GCM_SHA384","TLS_ECDH_RSA_WITH_CAMELLIA_256_CBC_SHA384","TLS_ECDH_ECDSA_WITH_CAMELLIA_256_GCM_SHA384","TLS_ECDH_ECDSA_WITH_CAMELLIA_256_CBC_SHA384","TLS_RSA_WITH_AES_128_GCM_SHA256","TLS_RSA_WITH_AES_128_CCM","TLS_RSA_WITH_AES_128_CBC_SHA256","TLS_RSA_WITH_AES_128_CBC_SHA","TLS_ECDH_RSA_WITH_AES_128_GCM_SHA256","TLS_ECDH_RSA_WITH_AES_128_CBC_SHA256","TLS_ECDH_RSA_WITH_AES_128_CBC_SHA","TLS_ECDH_ECDSA_WITH_AES_128_GCM_SHA256","TLS_ECDH_ECDSA_WITH_AES_128_CBC_SHA256","TLS_ECDH_ECDSA_WITH_AES_128_CBC_SHA","TLS_RSA_WITH_AES_128_CCM_8","TLS_RSA_WITH_CAMELLIA_128_GCM_SHA256","TLS_RSA_WITH_CAMELLIA_128_CBC_SHA256","TLS_RSA_WITH_CAMELLIA_128_CBC_SHA","TLS_ECDH_RSA_WITH_CAMELLIA_128_GCM_SHA256","TLS_ECDH_RSA_WITH_CAMELLIA_128_CBC_SHA256","TLS_ECDH_ECDSA_WITH_CAMELLIA_128_GCM_SHA256","TLS_ECDH_ECDSA_WITH_CAMELLIA_128_CBC_SHA256","TLS_RSA_WITH_3DES_EDE_CBC_SHA","TLS_ECDH_RSA_WITH_3DES_EDE_CBC_SHA","TLS_ECDH_ECDSA_WITH_3DES_EDE_CBC_SHA","TLS_RSA_PSK_WITH_AES_256_GCM_SHA384","TLS_RSA_PSK_WITH_AES_256_CBC_SHA384","TLS_RSA_PSK_WITH_AES_256_CBC_SHA","TLS_RSA_PSK_WITH_CAMELLIA_256_GCM_SHA384","TLS_RSA_PSK_WITH_CAMELLIA_256_CBC_SHA384","TLS_RSA_PSK_WITH_AES_128_GCM_SHA256","TLS_RSA_PSK_WITH_AES_128_CBC_SHA256","TLS_RSA_PSK_WITH_AES_128_CBC_SHA","TLS_RSA_PSK_WITH_CAMELLIA_128_GCM_SHA256","TLS_RSA_PSK_WITH_CAMELLIA_128_CBC_SHA256","TLS_RSA_PSK_WITH_3DES_EDE_CBC_SHA","TLS_PSK_WITH_AES_256_GCM_SHA384","TLS_PSK_WITH_AES_256_CCM","TLS_PSK_WITH_AES_256_CBC_SHA384","TLS_PSK_WITH_AES_256_CBC_SHA","TLS_PSK_WITH_CAMELLIA_256_GCM_SHA384","TLS_PSK_WITH_CAMELLIA_256_CBC_SHA384","TLS_PSK_WITH_AES_256_CCM_8","TLS_PSK_WITH_AES_128_GCM_SHA256","TLS_PSK_WITH_AES_128_CCM","TLS_PSK_WITH_AES_128_CBC_SHA256","TLS_PSK_WITH_AES_128_CBC_SHA","TLS_PSK_WITH_CAMELLIA_128_GCM_SHA256","TLS_PSK_WITH_CAMELLIA_128_CBC_SHA256","TLS_PSK_WITH_AES_128_CCM_8","TLS_PSK_WITH_3DES_EDE_CBC_SHA","TLS_EMPTY_RENEGOTIATION_INFO_SCSV"]
  2017 - Evandro Copercini - Apache 2.0 License.
*/

#include <WiFiClient.h>
#include <WiFi.h>

// below removed for privacy
const char* ssid     = "myNetwork";     // your network SSID (name of wifi network)
const char* password = "myPassword"; // your network password

const char*  server = "gist.githubusercontent.com";  // Server URL

// The original connection point in the example:
// www.howsmyssl.com root certificate authority, to verify the server
// change it to your server root CA
// SHA1 fingerprint is broken now!

// You can use x.509 client certificates if you want
//const char* test_client_key = "";   //to verify the client
//const char* test_client_cert = "";  //to verify the client


WiFiClient client;

void setup() {
  //Initialize serial and wait for port to open:
  Serial.begin(115200);
  delay(100);

  Serial.print("Attempting to connect to SSID: ");
  Serial.println(ssid);
  WiFi.begin(ssid, password);

  // attempt to connect to Wifi network:
  while (WiFi.status() != WL_CONNECTED) {
    Serial.print(".");
    // wait 1 second for re-trying
    delay(1000);
  }

  Serial.print("Connected to ");
  Serial.println(ssid);

  // Able to connect without authenticating CA, also haven't been able to get setCACert to work
  //client.setCACert(test_root_ca);
  //client.setCertificate(test_client_key); // for client verification
  //client.setPrivateKey(test_client_cert);	// for client verification

  Serial.println("\nStarting connection to server...");
  if (!client.connect(server, 443))
    Serial.println("Connection failed!");
  else {
    Serial.println("Connected to server!");
    // Make a HTTP request:
    client.println("GET https://gist.githubusercontent.com/<my github name>/<hex code>/raw/Notes.txt HTTP/1.1");
    client.println("Host: gist.githubusercontent.com");
    client.println("Connection: close");
    client.println();

    Serial.println("line 107"); // The last line that prints before printing empty lines
    while (client.connected()) {
      String line = client.readStringUntil('\r');
      Serial.println(line);
      if (line == "\r") {
        Serial.println("headers received");
        break;
      }
    }
    // if there are incoming bytes available
    // from the server, read them and print them:
    while (client.available()) {
      char c = client.read();
      Serial.write(c);
    }

    client.stop();
  }
}

void loop() {
  // do nothing
}

This is the note I'm trying to read. When I open the link in the 'GET' statement, it displays an empty page with this message:

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This is a test message

Any help would be greatly apprectiated!

Why not use the HTTPClient library? It handles all the fetching for you and you can easily see the return status, the contents, etc. Look at the examples.

Thanks that solved it! I had actually used that approach using this, however I didn't handle the redirect error at the time that I solved now.

I was hoping to not use the HTTPclient approach if possible, as it takes up a lot (~15%) more memory, do you know what could be causing the issue with the other approach?

I don't know, but you could dig into the HttpClient library and see how it handles things vs. your original code. It may shed some light on what is different and then you could fix your original code.

Is your ESP32 really out of memory that it is a concern?

Thanks, I may give that a shot if memory becomes a bottleneck.

I'm not 100% sure yet what the script size will be, I still need to integrate this change with the screen functionality, but it's surprising the http client consumes so much space. This is my first attempt at WiFi connectivity, however so maybe that's standard with WiFi libraries.