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From Roy T. Fielding <>
Subject Re: POST without Content-Length
Date Sat, 07 Aug 2004 22:41:35 GMT
>>> A CGI script therefore should never trust Content-Length, but just 
>>> read
>>> stdin until it meets an EOF.
>> That is well-known to fail in CGI.  A CGI must use Content-Length.
> Hmm. any pointers where this is specified? I didn't have any problems 
> with
> this until now - but in trusting the C-L variable.

CGI doesn't require standard input to be closed by the server -- Apache
just happens to do that for the sake of old scripts that used fgets to
read line-by-line.  Other servers do things differently, which is why
reading til EOF does not work across platforms.


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