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From Andrew Wilson <and...@www.elsevier.co.uk>
Subject SERVER_SOFTWARE
Date Thu, 27 Jul 1995 17:34:03 GMT


Hi,

	this is just a thought prompted by Paul Richards.  It'd be kind of
nice to figure out what OS people are running their server on.

A browser can sent a User-agent: header containing additional
information about the OS/software version, inside leg measurement etc of
the browser's host.  Why not allow the same for the Server: header
sent back from the server?  eg:

	32> telnet localhost 80
	Trying 127.0.0.1 ...
	Connected to localhost.
	Escape character is '^]'.
	HEAD / HTTP/1.0

	HTTP/1.0 200 OK
	Date: Thu, 27 Jul 1995 16:30:56 GMT
--->	Server: Apache/0.6.4b (SunOS www 4.1.3_U1 2 sun4m)
	Content-type: text/html

	Connection closed by foreign host.
	33> 

Is this a stupid idea, does Server: have a strictly interpreted meaning
or can we play god?

Thoughts?

Yeah, -1 on putting this in before the proper release, it's just an idea.

Cheers,
Ay.

     Andrew Wilson	     URL: http://www.cm.cf.ac.uk/User/Andrew.Wilson/
Elsevier Science, Oxford   Office: +44 01865 843155    Mobile: +44 0589 616144

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