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From Alexei Kosut <>
Subject Re: WWW Form Bug Report: "Byte Ranges doesnt seem to work" on Solaris 2.x (fwd)
Date Fri, 03 Jan 1997 20:40:25 GMT
On Fri, 3 Jan 1997, wrote:

> Testing per your docs by telneting to port 80. Issue:
> GET / HTTP/1.1
> Host:
> Range: bytes=100-200
> The entire document is returned instead of bytes 100-200.
> (By comparision, using the same commands on a Microsoft IIS server
> 2.0 returns the requested byte fact, using 1.0 protocol
> header still gives byte ranges).

According to the HTTP/1.1 specification, byte ranges can only be
returned when there is a total byte count. The HTML files at are parsed by the server, and we do not have a length
ahead of time, so cannot send a byte range.

Byteranges are supported by Apache on any "plain" file served. These
files will also return an "Accept-Ranges: bytes" header in the
response, to tell a browser/proxy that it supports byteranges.

Thanks for using Apache!

Alexei Kosut <>      The Apache HTTP Server

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