[LRUG] mod_ruby question

Matthew Westcott matthew.westcott at torchbox.com
Fri Mar 9 06:31:14 PST 2007

On 9 Mar 2007, at 14:08, Graham Seaman wrote:
> Dominic Mitchell wrote:
>> I believe that's actually incorrect... HEAD should replicate a GET
>> request *exactly*, including the COntent-Length for the non-existent
>> content.
>>    http://www.w3.org/Protocols/rfc2616/rfc2616-sec9.html#sec9.4
> Thanks; of course, you're right - and when I looked a GET isn't
> returning the content-length either.

As far as I'm aware, it's entirely standard practice (and permitted  
by the HTTP spec) to omit the content-length header on dynamic pages,  
on both HEADs and GETs. Going back to the original question - what  
oddities are you seeing with Googlebot / Yahoo that lead you to  
suspect you need a content-length?

- Matt

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