Re: faking HTTP with a socket channel

Mark Space <>
Mon, 11 Aug 2008 11:08:09 -0700
Roedy Green wrote:

If you fake HTTP by opening a socket then sending an HTTP header, does
the HTTP stuff go out in the first packet to the server, or is there
some sort of handshake first to establish the channel?

When you get your HttpConnection object, just what has happened at
that point?

The easiest way to figure out what is going on would be to get some
packet sniffer software. You can't really debug networking problems
unless you can be sure of what's going on the wire.

That said, I *think* the HTTP "handshake" consists of the client loading
up a lot of headers that say "I like this sort of format and I can talk
French too, please send me back something good." It's not so much a
handshake as a hope and a prayer that the server is able to comply. In
a pinch, everything just defaults down to LATIN-1 and plain text.

You can open a raw socket to port 80, send "GET" followed by a newline,
and the server should be able to respond right there. That's about as
simple (and fake) as I can think of.

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