[New-bugs-announce] [issue26578] Bad BaseHTTPRequestHandler response when using HTTP/0.9

Xiang Zhang report at bugs.python.org
Thu Mar 17 03:42:36 EDT 2016

New submission from Xiang Zhang:

BaseHTTPRequestHandler in http.server supports HTTP/0.9. But the response for HTTP/0.9 request is implemented wrong. 

Response of HTTP/0.9 request returns message body directly without status line and headers. But if you inherit BaseHTTPRequestHandler and set the default_request_version to "HTTP/1.x", then self.request_version can never be "HTTP/0.9" since in the https://hg.python.org/cpython/file/tip/Lib/http/server.py#l315 branch it does not set version to "HTTP/0.9" and then always sends the status line and headers back.

A trivial patch can fix this problem that set version to "HTTP/0.9" in the branch. But this will cause some failure in tests. The tests in test_httpservers use http.client.HTTPConnection to send and receive HTTP message. But since 3.4, HTTPConnection doesn't support HTTP/0.9-style simple responses. We can use it to test HTTP/0.9 connection if the server is implemented in the right way.

And since http.client.HTTPConnection has dropped the support for HTTP/0.9, is it reasonable to drop the support in http.server too?

components: Library (Lib)
messages: 261898
nosy: xiang.zhang
priority: normal
severity: normal
status: open
title: Bad BaseHTTPRequestHandler response when using HTTP/0.9
versions: Python 3.6

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