[thelist] HTTP request question: returning just the status code

Matt Liotta mliotta at r337.com
Tue Jul 23 23:15:06 CDT 2002

I believe that is referred to as a HTTP HEAD request.

Matt Liotta
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> Subject: [thelist] HTTP request question: returning just the status
> For an automatic link checker it would be useful to be able to make an
> request to a web server that returns /just/ the status code (and
> other headers) but not the full document. Is this possible? I imagine
> is
> as browsers seem to be able to do this and get back the last-modified
> before deciding whether or not to download the document.
> Cheers,
> Simon Willison
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