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RE: HTTP entity length

From: Scott Lawrence <lawrence@agranat.com>
Date: Wed, 2 Feb 2000 13:38:18 -0500
To: "jordi ros" <jros@ece.uci.edu>, <http-wg@cuckoo.hpl.hp.com>
Message-ID: <002e01bf6dac$acb1d000$954768c0@oyster.agranat.com>
> From: jordi ros

> Suppose the following case:
> A- Our message includes a message-body, which means that
> condition 1 in
> section 4.4 is false, and
> B- There is no Transfer-Encoding, which means that
> condition 2 in 4.4 is
> false, and
> C- There is no Content-Length field, which means that
> condition 3 in 4.4 is
> false (note that this is possible since from section
> 14.13 we have that
> applications SHOULD (only SHOULD) use this field to indicate the
> transfer-length when it is not prohibited by rules in
> section 4.4) and
> D- The content-type is not "multipart/byteranges", which
> means that condition 4 in 4.4 is false, and
> E- The server is not closing the connection, which means
> that condition 5 is false.

Your point A is where the problem lies.

If you don't send a Content-Length, and you don't send a
'Transfer-Encoding: chunked', and your Content-Type is not some kind
of 'multipart', then your message does not include a message-body;
it ends at the CRLF following the last header.  If you are a client,
then anything you send following that will be interpreted as the
beginning of a new request; if you are a server then I have no idea
what clients might do.

SHOULD does not mean 'you can ignore this rule' - it means that you
don't have to do it to be compliant, but you aught to unless there
is an excellent reason.
Received on Wednesday, 2 February 2000 18:42:12 UTC

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