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Re: HTTP POST for sending large chunk of data

From: Vishal Wani <vishal@nectech.com>
Date: Thu, 7 Oct 1999 16:37:06 -0400
Message-ID: <037501bf1103$b8823ba0$79f4bf80@nectech.com>
To: <www-talk@w3.org>
Thanks Dmitry Beransky and everybody for answering my Q'. It did help me
make some decisions today.
I know the scenario is highly unusual. But it's b'cos I'm having some
control on the client side (as to how does it do business) and I'm writing a
small component for Server so that server would receive large amount of data
that I'm going to send.
I had considered using file upload, but only reason I turned it down was
that I did not want to send and store it as a file on the server(for obvious
security reasons etc.).
I have figured out that I could now still use perhaps some file-upload
components (RFC 1867 compliant (using either cgi / servlet / ASP components)
or maybe write one of my own....)  and not store file on server but just
read it in a Readbuffer / inputStream and use it to process further without
storing on the server and.... ...blah blah....blah..

Larry Masinter,
I'm using multipart/form-data for the purpose.  As for your "server
implementations of multipart/form-data " list there are few more components
available in market (some free ASP ones..) you could find that list at
(these are all ASP specific though...)

thanks again.

take care,

----- Original Message -----
From: Dmitry Beransky <dberansky@ucsd.edu>
To: <www-talk@w3.org>
Sent: Thursday, October 07, 1999 1:23 PM
Subject: Re: HTTP POST for sending large chunk of data

> As far as I know there is nothing in either the HTML spec, CGI spec or the
> ASP spec that prevents you from passing around arbitrarily large chunks of
> data.  What you're are running against are limitations of particular
> implementations.  For example, if I'm not mistaken, on Macs and Windows
> size of a standard text field is limited to 32K (this info may be outdated
> :), which is more than enough in 95% of the cases.  You may also run into
> size limitations on the server side.  But it's less likely.
> You need to rethink your design.  If you require something so highly
> unusual, maybe a Java applet is in order.
> Regards
> Dmitry Beransky
> At 10:10 AM 10/7/99 , Vishal Wani wrote:
> >hi,
> >I'm trying to write a small program which sends large amount of
> >of size maybe 1-5MB) through HTML form and HTTP POST method.
> >Can this be done ? I tried to do it using ASP and HTML form and POST
> >But there seems to be a limitation to the size(around 80-100K) of
> >say textarea) I'm trying to POST.
Received on Thursday, 7 October 1999 16:29:04 UTC

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