determine web server type with HEAD

Posted on 2003-02-25
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Last Modified: 2009-12-16
this is probably a stupid question but here goes:

i know how to do this:

C:\>/perl/bin/head www.website.com

200 OK
Cache-Control: private
Connection: Close
Date: Wed, 26 Feb 2003 01:51:29 GMT
Server: SErver Type here/2.0
Content-Length: 2824
Content-Type: text/html
Client-Date: Wed, 26 Feb 2003 01:51:24 GMT
Client-Response-Num: 1
Set-Cookie: PREF=ID=7804376706b65122:TM=1046224289:LM=1046224289:S=bjrD1brYqRTv
Y7h; expires=Sun, 17-Jan-2038 19:14:07 GMT; path=/; domain=.website.com

but i want to do this in my program and get the same result:

    use LWP:Simple;

    (@stuff) = head($url);

i end up with a very empty array...iam obviously doing something wrong, and i cant find any good documentation on the HEAD method.

any help would be great.....thanx in adv
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rj2 earned 400 total points
ID: 8022580
Code below works on my computer. Try to reinstall LWP if it don't work on yours.

use LWP::Simple;
my ($content_type, $document_length, $modified_time, $expires, $server) = head("http://www.experts-exchange.com");
print "Server is $server\n";
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Expert Comment

ID: 8022591
As it says in the LWP::Simple doco


Get document headers. Returns the following 5 values if successful: ($content_type, $document_length, $modified_time, $expires, $server)
Returns an empty list if it fails. In scalar context returns TRUE if successful

You have an empty list, so the head has failed.


Author Comment

ID: 8022637
thanx much for the help.......

i was trying to do the head($url) without the "http://"....that was the fix..thanx

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