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When to use HEAD vs GET

by pjf (Curate)
on Oct 07, 2001 at 02:19 UTC ( #117247=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re: Re: LWP head mystery
in thread LWP head mystery

G'day Elliott, welcome to the monestary,

HEAD is useful when you want information about a page, but don't actually want to see the page itself. It's most useful to check if a page exists, or when it was last modified. The biggest users of HEAD requests are proxies, which use HEAD requests to check whether or not they have a current copy of the page in their cache. If the last-modified date returned in the HEAD matches what the proxy has cached, then a whole page lookup is saved.

To access the content-type and get the content at the same time, you'll want to look at using LWP::UserAgent. In particular, the responses you get back from request method are HTTP::Response methods. You can call ->headers or ->headers_as_string to get back the headers (including content-type) as either a HTTP::Headers or as a string respectively.

A bit of sample code may help. This demonstrates how to pull back the frontpage of, and prints the content type and the content retrieved.

use LWP::UserAgent; use HTTP::Request::Common; my $ua = LWP::UserAgent->new; my $response = $ua->request(GET ""); print "Content type is ", $response->headers->header("Content-Type"), "\n----\nContent is \n", $response->content;


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Re: When to use HEAD vs GET
by Anonymous Monk on May 06, 2014 at 09:15 UTC
    Hi, Thanks for the post. It's really gives the clear information and very useful. Thanks again

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