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From "Krist van Besien" <>
Subject Re: [users@httpd] how to reject head request
Date Thu, 20 Nov 2008 12:28:15 GMT
On Thu, Nov 20, 2008 at 11:43 AM, André Warnier <> wrote:
> By rejecting HEAD requests, you would be forcing your own server to do more
> work, you would cause unnecessary use of bandwidth, and you may even have
> the result that some clients will consider that the page is not available,
> and return an error to the user.

Normally most http clients will asume that a URL is not available when
a HEAD request returns with a 403, and will not repeat with a GET.
Apache itself treats HEAD as a special case of a GET, and any access
controls that apply to GET (eg. in a <limit> block) will immediately
also apply to HEAD.


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