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specifying timeout in GET request ?????????

Posted on 1999-11-08
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Last Modified: 2010-03-05
A Webget Client

#!/usr/bin/perl -w
    use IO::Socket;
    unless (@ARGV > 1) { die "usage: $0 host document ..." }
    $host = shift(@ARGV);
    $EOL = "\015\012";
    $BLANK = $EOL x 2;
    foreach $document ( @ARGV ) {
        $remote = IO::Socket::INET->new( Proto     => "tcp",
                                         PeerAddr  => $host,
                                         PeerPort  => "http(80)",
        unless ($remote) { die "cannot connect to http daemon on $host" }
        print $remote "GET $document HTTP/1.0" . $BLANK;
        while ( <$remote> ) { print }
        close $remote;

Using the above script I can get html documents ...

BUt suppose the document is say 2 MB and there is a server timeout . I dont want the script to wait endlessly..

I want to set the timeout of the GET request .. is it possible ..

The script should request the document and if it is not getting the document within the SET timeout it should come back from the routine


BTW using the above routine I am able to access

"www.yahoo.com" type of addressess but Im
NOT able to retrieve

"username.hypermart.net" kind of documents

is there a solution ?


Question by:christopher sagayam

Accepted Solution

jhurst earned 0 total points
ID: 2192127
There is no timeout that you can set in the http-header when you make the request.  The spec is on line at:  www.w3.org.

As to the user.hypermart.net problem.  This is because they are using virtual hosting and require that the http_host be set.  You can do this by adding a:

print "Host: user.hypermart.net" . $BLANK;

and changing the $BLANK to an $EOL in the GET line.

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by:christopher sagayam
ID: 2192161

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