WSGI question: reading headers before message body has been read

Ron Garret ron at
Sun Jan 18 20:01:50 CET 2009

I'm writing a WSGI application and I would like to check the content-
length header before reading the content to make sure that the content
is not too big in order to prevent denial-of-service attacks.  So I do
something like this:

def application(environ, start_response):
    status = "200 OK"
    headers = [('Content-Type', 'text/html'), ]
    start_response(status, headers)
    if int(environ['CONTENT_LENGTH'])>1000: return 'File too big'

But this doesn't seem to work.  If I upload a huge file it still waits
until the entire file has been uploaded before complaining that it's
too big.

Is it possible to read the HTTP headers in WSGI before the request
body has been read?


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