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persistent http connection

Anders Bogdan
June 6, 2003 14:29
persistent http connection
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I need to establish an http connection from a client box (using libwww, 
if its possible) to a server and use the connection as a notification 
channel (server sends messages over it). The connection is thru a 
firewall and port 443 is the only outgoing port - and the server box 
has apache running on 443. So, https is the only thing I can do. (plus 
I'll need a heartbeat to prevent the firewall from tearing it down due 
to inactivity)

First, does lwp have a way to support a persistent connection? 
Documentation is unclear and the most relevant info seems to be in 
LWPng which is years and years old...

I've spent most of my time trying to get Client-Transfer-Encoding = 
chunked (or is that Content-Transfer-Encoding or perhaps just 
Transfer-Encoding..) to work but little success and examples are 
non-existent - esp if the chunking is formatted according to the http 
1.1 spec, (with the leading byte count and trailing headers I've looked at 
the test/live/jigsaw-chunk.t and while it seems close, chunks are of 
unpredictable size and there does not appear to be any formatting in it.

I've been unable to reliably read chunked messages, client side just 
hangs, like its waiting for a close or something.

I need examples in perl of a cgi like script producing a chunked 
message and the client side reading a formatted chunked message.
I'd really appreciate any help, links to code would be greatly 
appreciated as would a blunt reality check..

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