[R] downloaf.file

Thomas Lumley tlumley at u.washington.edu
Tue Feb 4 17:47:35 CET 2003

On Tue, 4 Feb 2003, Barry Rowlingson wrote:
>   That's bytes. Yes I know its character! I dont think web servers are
> under any obligation to provide accurate Content-length values. Many
> dynamic web servers have pages that change length every time. This will
> also not for for ftp:// URLs or local file:// URLs (or gopher:// URLs?).

The HTTP protocol says that a content length SHOULD be provided and MUST
be accurate if it is provided.


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