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BaseHTTPServer::BaseHTTPRequestHandler Class Reference

Inheritance diagram for BaseHTTPServer::BaseHTTPRequestHandler:

SocketServer::StreamRequestHandler SocketServer::BaseRequestHandler SimpleHTTPServer::SimpleHTTPRequestHandler SimpleXMLRPCServer::SimpleXMLRPCRequestHandler CGIHTTPServer::CGIHTTPRequestHandler

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Detailed Description

HTTP request handler base class.

The following explanation of HTTP serves to guide you through the
code as well as to expose any misunderstandings I may have about
HTTP (so you don't need to read the code to figure out I'm wrong

HTTP (HyperText Transfer Protocol) is an extensible protocol on
top of a reliable stream transport (e.g. TCP/IP).  The protocol
recognizes three parts to a request:

1. One line identifying the request type and path
2. An optional set of RFC-822-style headers
3. An optional data part

The headers and data are separated by a blank line.

The first line of the request has the form

<command> <path> <version>

where <command> is a (case-sensitive) keyword such as GET or POST,
<path> is a string containing path information for the request,
and <version> should be the string "HTTP/1.0".  <path> is encoded
using the URL encoding scheme (using %xx to signify the ASCII
character with hex code xx).

The protocol is vague about whether lines are separated by LF
characters or by CRLF pairs -- for compatibility with the widest
range of clients, both should be accepted.  Similarly, whitespace
in the request line should be treated sensibly (allowing multiple
spaces between components and allowing trailing whitespace).

Similarly, for output, lines ought to be separated by CRLF pairs
but most clients grok LF characters just fine.

If the first line of the request has the form

<command> <path>

(i.e. <version> is left out) then this is assumed to be an HTTP
0.9 request; this form has no optional headers and data part and
the reply consists of just the data.

The reply form of the HTTP 1.0 protocol again has three parts:

1. One line giving the response code
2. An optional set of RFC-822-style headers
3. The data

Again, the headers and data are separated by a blank line.

The response code line has the form

<version> <responsecode> <responsestring>

where <version> is the protocol version (always "HTTP/1.0"),
<responsecode> is a 3-digit response code indicating success or
failure of the request, and <responsestring> is an optional
human-readable string explaining what the response code means.

This server parses the request and the headers, and then calls a
function specific to the request type (<command>).  Specifically,
a request SPAM will be handled by a method do_SPAM().  If no
such method exists the server sends an error response to the
client.  If it exists, it is called with no arguments:


Note that the request name is case sensitive (i.e. SPAM and spam
are different requests).

The various request details are stored in instance variables:

- client_address is the client IP address in the form (host,

- command, path and version are the broken-down request line;

- headers is an instance of mimetools.Message (or a derived
class) containing the header information;

- rfile is a file object open for reading positioned at the
start of the optional input data part;

- wfile is a file object open for writing.


The first thing to be written must be the response line.  Then
follow 0 or more header lines, then a blank line, and then the
actual data (if any).  The meaning of the header lines depends on
the command executed by the server; in most cases, when data is
returned, there should be at least one header line of the form

Content-type: <type>/<subtype>

where <type> and <subtype> should be registered MIME types,
e.g. "text/html" or "text/plain".

Definition at line 100 of file BaseHTTPServer.py.

Public Member Functions

def __init__
def address_string
def date_time_string
def end_headers
def finish
def handle
def log_date_time_string
def log_error
def log_message
def log_request
def parse_request
def send_error
def send_header
def send_response
def setup
def version_string

Public Attributes


Static Public Attributes

 error_message_format = DEFAULT_ERROR_MESSAGE
 MessageClass = mimetools.Message
list monthname
string protocol_version = "HTTP/1.0"
int rbufsize = 1
dictionary responses
string server_version = "BaseHTTP/"
string sys_version = "Python/"
int wbufsize = 0
list weekdayname = ['Mon', 'Tue', 'Wed', 'Thu', 'Fri', 'Sat', 'Sun']

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