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From Dan Goodes <d...@planetmirror.com>
Subject Re: [users@httpd] "GET /somefilename.htm" ... Would a browser do this?
Date Mon, 01 Aug 2005 02:33:23 GMT
On Sun, 31 Jul 2005 at 21:11, Chase wrote:

> Assuming someone types "www.somedomainname.com/somefilename.htm" into
> the location field in their favorite browser...
>
> A browser would never request like this would it:
>
>      GET /somefilename.htm
>
> ??
>
>
> Since so many websites are using shared ip addresses, don't requests
> made by browsers, just to be safe, **always** use the fully qualified
> URL:
>
>      GET http://www.somedomainname.com/somefilename.htm
>
> ??

Nope. There are headers involved here, that specify the Host. So the
client would:

1) connect to the IP address of www.somedomainname.com
2) send, among other things, a Host: header specifying
    Host: www.somedomainname.com
3) then the client sends the request itself:
    GET /somefilename.htm HTTP/1.1

(of course older clients will use HTTP/1.0, or some other protocol).

Hope that explains it.

-Dan

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