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From Justin Ruthenbeck <>
Subject Re: weired chunked encoding (how to disable properly)
Date Tue, 13 Jan 2004 20:25:43 GMT

Alternately, you can use HTTP 1.1, but buffer the entire response in your 
Servlet (create a copy of whatever you're sending in memory), then at the 
end of your servlet manually set the Content-Length header, then output 
the response.

This is fine for small responses, but problematic for large responses 
since data is no longer streamed.


At 12:13 PM 1/13/2004, you wrote:

>>My questions:
>>- how to disable chunked encoding even when there is no content length?
>>- why does tomcat not use chunked encoding when sending mp3 files (and 
>>no content length is set)
>>  and why does'nt it for ogg?
>See RFC 2616. Using either the Content-Length header OR chunked encoding 
>is a MUST in HTTP 1.1.
>Something different is using HTTP 1.0.
>The only (HTTP) ways of sending an unknown length file are:
>a) Using HTTP 1.0, and closing the connection at the end (but the client 
>cannot know for sure that the file end has arrived, and I am not even 
>sure it is standards compliant).
>b) Using HTTP 1.1, and using chunked encoding.
>Antonio Fiol

Justin Ruthenbeck
Software Engineer, NextEngine Inc.
justinr - AT - nextengine DOT com
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