This module defines a class which implements the client side of the
HTTP protocol. It is normally not used directly -- the module
urllib uses it to handle URLs that
The module defines one class, HTTP:
- HTTP ([host[, port]])
An HTTP instance
represents one transaction with an HTTP server. It should be
instantiated passing it a host and optional port number. If no port
number is passed, the port is extracted from the host string if it has
the form host:port, else the default HTTP port (80)
is used. If no host is passed, no connection is made, and the
connect() method should be used to connect to a server. For
example, the following calls all create instances that connect to the
server at the same host and port:
>>> h1 = httplib.HTTP('www.cwi.nl')
>>> h2 = httplib.HTTP('www.cwi.nl:80')
>>> h3 = httplib.HTTP('www.cwi.nl', 80)
Once an HTTP instance has been connected to an HTTP server, it
should be used as follows:
- Make exactly one call to the putrequest() method.
- Make zero or more calls to the putheader() method.
- Call the endheaders() method (this can be omitted if
step 4 makes no calls).
- Optional calls to the send() method.
- Call the getreply() method.
- Call the getfile() method and read the data off the
file object that it returns.
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