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W3C libwww HTTP/1.1 test tools

From: Henrik Frystyk Nielsen <frystyk@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 25 Mar 1998 10:19:43 -0500
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To: w3c-http@w3.org, www-lib@w3.org

As part of the HTTP/1.1 testing, here are some useful test tools. They are
all based on libwww, which is a C based Web library available from


Get the latest 5.1l distribution file from this address using HTTP - the
FTP area hasn't been updated yet. Then try out these testing tools that
make use of the features in libwww:

- The Mini Robot makes heavy use of persistent connections and pipelining
using GET and HEAD method calls. It is _very_ fast! More information is
available at


- The command line tool can do HTTP/1.1 PUT, POST, DELETE, OPTIONS, and
TRACE. It can handle special situations like redirections on a PUT, etc.
More information is available at


- The Line Mode browser uses an HTTP/1.1 persistent cache to do 1/1 cache
validation and range requests to obtain partially cached entries. More
information is available at


All the tools (as well as libwww) are available in source code and work on
both Windows NT and Unix.

Have fun,


Henrik Frystyk Nielsen,
World Wide Web Consortium
Received on Wednesday, 25 March 1998 10:19:45 UTC

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