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From "Brian Mearns" <bmea...@ieee.org>
Subject Re: [users@httpd] File upload to Apache server without third party software
Date Tue, 02 Dec 2008 12:54:44 GMT
Well, It's very possible you know something I don't, but based on my
understanding on POST, it sounds like you're confused about how it
works. The use case I'm familiar with is to create a cgi script, or a
server side script like PHP that receives the POST data and saves it
to a file. And you're right, it is just like GET, the content of the
URL you specified will be returned by the server. The only difference
I know of between GET and POST is that with GET, the client sends data
encoded in the URL, and with POST, the data is included as the body of
the HTTP request.. That's why post is used for uploading files.

However---and again, this is just my understanding of it---POST is not
intended to just arbitrarily create or change files on the server, you
have to use some server side mechanism (again, a cgi or php or
something) to actually receive the POSTed data and write it to a file.

It sounds like what you may be interested in is some sort of WebDAV
method. This is an extension to the HTTP standard that's meant for
sharing files over an HTTP connection, and it has more powerful
methods than standard HTTP. I'm not sure if it has something you're
looking for, but it might be worth a look.

Hope that helps,
-Brian

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On Mon, Dec 1, 2008 at 1:09 PM,  <prasanthgs@webdunia.com> wrote:
> Hi All,
>
> First of all, sorry for the long mail.  To give a gist of the mail, I want to know how
to use the POST method for Apache server without installing Tomcat or anything.
>
> I have a "Server version: Apache/2.0.54" installed in my system.  I have configured it
to act as a server as well as a proxy server; which means the Apache is working fine.
>
> Now I try to do some configuration so that the Apache server will support uploading of
files (i.e. POST method).
>
> For that I created a folder "public" and the configuration in httpd.conf for the same
is as follows:
>
> <Directory "/var/www/html/public">
>    AllowOverride None
>    Options None
>    <Limit POST GET HEAD DELETE>
>        Order allow,deny
>        Allow from all
>    </Limit>
> </Directory>
>
> Then "/etc/init.d/httpd restart".
>
> Then POST command is executed to create a new file "NotExists.txt" in "/var/www/html/public":
>
> User  :$> POST "http://127.0.0.1/public/NotExists.txt"
> Reply :$> Please enter content (application/x-www-form-urlencoded) to be POSTed:
> User  :$> helloooooooooooooooo
> User  :$> Ctrl D
> Reply :$> <!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//IETF//DTD HTML 2.0//EN">
>          <html><head>
>          <title>404 Not Found</title>
>          </head><body>
>          <h1>Not Found</h1>
>          <p>The requested URL /public/hello.txt was not found on this server.</p>
>          <hr>
>          <address>Apache/2.0.54 (Fedora) Server at 127.0.0.1 Port 80</address>
>          </body></html>
>
> [
>  "User" is the User Input given by the user.
>  "Reply" is the reply printed out on to the terminal.
> ]
>
> And in case, the POST is done for a file which already exists in the server, the content
of the file is given back (i.e., it behaves as if a GET request is sent!).
>
> Also, would like to know whether the DELETE method is supported by Apache.  If so, what
should be the configuration.
>
> Regards,
> prasanth
>
>
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