Gerrit Holl gerrit.holl at pobox.com
Fri Nov 19 07:34:04 EST 1999

Skip Montanaro wrote:
>     Gerrit> I've written a function to get the size of a HTTP/FTP url, is it
>     Gerrit> good enough to be put in urllib.py?
> My only worry is that HEAD doesn't always work (for whatever reason having
> to do more with servers than clients).  Would it be better to wrap things in
> a try/except block?

Oh. Yes, I think getsize() should return -1 or None or an error if HEAD
doesn't work. Just doing a GET then isn't good, of course ;-)
Another problem: does every HTTP server give the Content-Length header?

> Anyone have a URL that fails with HEAD?

I don't have one.


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