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How to read request headers?

by expresspotato (Beadle)
on Jul 19, 2008 at 22:28 UTC ( #698859=perlquestion: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??
expresspotato has asked for the wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:

Hello, So I have a script that outputs the file they have requested, its faily simple. But now, many browsers like requesting things in small ranges of bytes often to incorporate some sort of buffering scheme. Now I have to be able to read the HTTP request headers to find what range they're requesting and only return that range. How can I read the HTTP request headers sent along from their browser? Thank you!!!

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Re: How to read request headers?
by grep (Monsignor) on Jul 19, 2008 at 23:34 UTC
    It would be much easier if you posted some code (preferably a small test case). I have no idea if you are using CGI, CGI::Lite, or any other CGI modules.

    That being said one way to see the Content-Range header would be to use %ENV to pull the 'HTTP_CONTENT_RANGE'.


    Here is a test CGI script:

    use warnings; use strict; use CGI; use CGI::Carp qw(fatalsToBrowser); use Data::Dumper; my $q = CGI->new; print $q->header,$q->start_html; print '<pre>'; print Dumper \%ENV; print '</pre>'; print "<br>Content-Range: ",$ENV{HTTP_CONTENT_RANGE};

    And a small fake request:

    use warnings; use strict; use LWP::UserAgent; my $ua = LWP::UserAgent->new; my $req = HTTP::Request->new(GET => ''); $req->header( 'Content-Range' => 'bytes 0-499/500' ); my $resp = $ua->request($req); print $resp->{_content};
    One dead unjugged rabbit fish later...

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