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Re: IIS treating HEAD as GET

From: Karl-Otto Linn <linn@informatik.fh-wiesbaden.de>
Date: Mon, 11 Sep 2000 23:57:19 +0200
Message-ID: <39BD553F.9F52FCC8@informatik.fh-wiesbaden.de>
To: www-lib@w3.org
I have also made the observation that some servers reply on HEAD request not
only a header but also some (HTML-) text in the hope that the Browser may do
something usefull. Especially if you are doing a HEAD request on dynamically
generated pages. Some Browser aswer with an status code => 500 other do
something curious. That's why I have changed my version of the robot to do only
get-requests even on the last (deepest) level.

Henrik Rosenfeldt wrote:

> Hi,
> Please comment on this or tell me if it has been discussed before:
> 1. It seems to me that in some cases IIS4.0/5.0 treats a HEAD request as a
> GET request resulting in the message body being sent with the HEAD response.
> 2. Libwww (possibly the MIME parser) cannot handle the above and therefore
> fails?
> As an example I tried using the sample program getheaders on
> http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/foobar. The returned response contains a
> message body and no header fields are output!
> Regards
> Henrik Rosenfeldt
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