# status useful, but probably has some buglets lingering in rarely exercised code paths. # intro this is a http library, and simple sample http download client. the library supports both reading & writing requests & responses. some features: - ssl (using inferno's ssl device) - can do gzip/deflate negotiation for requests - supports low-level operations (reading/writing request/response) as well as high-level operations (pass request, get file descriptor to read response from (hiding intricacies of ssl, deflate and/or http chunks) - supports http 1.0/1.1 and versionless "0.9" - can request through proxy # download get the latest version from: http://www.ueber.net/code/r/http # install make sure you have $ROOT set, now "mk install" to compile and install the files. when building from within inferno, insert SYSHOST=Inferno and ROOT= in the mk invocations to override the values in the mkconfig. # licence & author this code is in the public domain, written by mechiel lukkien, reachable at firstname.lastname@example.org. # todo: - split some of mhttp.m into an httpclient library, with higher-level functionality (e.g. following redirects, handling range responses). rewrite hget to use it. - lib: don't reinvent url parsing? but use (one of the two?) url libs in inferno. - lib: rename it from mhttp to http, once i have modified all my local programs to use this new lib (instead of an older version) - lib: use factotum to deal with auth requests? - lib: do ssl better, e.g. with verifying certificates. but that is a more generic inferno problem. same with problem that non-"connection-close" connections hang until timeout (ssl libs read() is like a readn(), and we use bufio so more data is requested then is present). - lib: check ndb to see if a proxy should be used, not per request? that means all programs using http lib get proxy stuff for free, without having to set anything. but cannot be disabled either... - lib: for ssl, use CONNECT to talk to the remote host? - write manual page for library? once it stabilizes - lib: document somewhere that using "accept-encoding: deflate" won't work with some webservers since those webservers return rfc1951 deflate data, instead of rfc1950 zlib. - hget: reinstate -n for allowing redirs, and -R for sending referers.