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From "Nathan Vander Wilt (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Created] (COUCHDB-1146) Content-Length ignored on GET requests
Date Thu, 28 Apr 2011 20:57:03 GMT
Content-Length ignored on GET requests

                 Key: COUCHDB-1146
             Project: CouchDB
          Issue Type: Bug
          Components: HTTP Interface
            Reporter: Nathan Vander Wilt

In the case of a GET request, CouchDB does not wait for the client to send any content promised
by a Content-Length header but sends its response as soon as the last header is received.
This can confuse some HTTP client libraries (such as node.js) that do not expect to receive
a response before they have finished the request.

To reproduce:
$ telnet localhost 5984
GET / HTTP/1.1
Content-Length: 3


Expected results:
No response from CouchDB until last "." is typed

Actual results:
CouchDB sends response and closes the client's connection as soon as request headers are done.

>From IRC conversation (and RFC 2616) this doesn't seem to be out-of-spec per se, but is
a bit "rude" and therefore can break fragile clients.

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