Senthil Kumaran committed ee34cb0

Issue #16088: BaseHTTPRequestHandler's send_error method includes a
Content-Length header. Patch by Antoine Pitrou.

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File Doc/library/http.server.rst

       complete set of headers is sent, followed by text composed using the
       :attr:`error_message_format` class variable.
+      .. versionchanged:: 3.4
+         The error response includes a Content-Length header.
    .. method:: send_response(code, message=None)
       Adds a response header to the headers buffer and logs the accepted

File Lib/http/

         # using _quote_html to prevent Cross Site Scripting attacks (see bug #1100201)
         content = (self.error_message_format %
                    {'code': code, 'message': _quote_html(message), 'explain': explain})
+        body = content.encode('UTF-8', 'replace')
         self.send_response(code, message)
         self.send_header("Content-Type", self.error_content_type)
         self.send_header('Connection', 'close')
+        self.send_header('Content-Length', int(len(body)))
         if self.command != 'HEAD' and code >= 200 and code not in (204, 304):
-            self.wfile.write(content.encode('UTF-8', 'replace'))
+            self.wfile.write(body)
     def send_response(self, code, message=None):
         """Add the response header to the headers buffer and log the

File Lib/test/

         def do_KEYERROR(self):
+        def do_NOTFOUND(self):
+            self.send_error(404)
         def do_CUSTOM(self):
             self.send_header('Content-Type', 'text/html')
         self.assertEqual(res.getheader('X-Special'), 'Dängerous Mind')
         self.assertEqual(, 'Ärger mit Unicode'.encode('utf-8'))
+    def test_error_content_length(self):
+        # Issue #16088: standard error responses should have a content-length
+        self.con.request('NOTFOUND', '/')
+        res = self.con.getresponse()
+        self.assertEqual(res.status, 404)
+        data =
+        import pdb; pdb.set_trace()
+        self.assertEqual(int(res.getheader('Content-Length')), len(data))
 class SimpleHTTPServerTestCase(BaseTestCase):
     class request_handler(NoLogRequestHandler, SimpleHTTPRequestHandler):
+- Issue #16088: BaseHTTPRequestHandler's send_error method includes a
+  Content-Length header in it's response now. Patch by Antoine Pitrou.
 - Issue #16114: The subprocess module no longer provides a misleading error
   message stating that args[0] did not exist when either the cwd or executable
   keyword arguments specified a path that did not exist.