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HTTP::Request(3pm)    User Contributed Perl Documentation   HTTP::Request(3pm)



NAME
       HTTP::Request - HTTP style request message

SYNOPSIS
        require HTTP::Request;
        $request = HTTP::Request->new(GET => 'http://www.example.com/');

       and usually used like this:

        $ua = LWP::UserAgent->new;
        $response = $ua->request($request);

DESCRIPTION
       "HTTP::Request" is a class encapsulating HTTP style requests,
       consisting of a request line, some headers, and a content body. Note
       that the LWP library uses HTTP style requests even for non-HTTP
       protocols.  Instances of this class are usually passed to the request()
       method of an "LWP::UserAgent" object.

       "HTTP::Request" is a subclass of "HTTP::Message" and therefore inherits
       its methods.  The following additional methods are available:

       $r = HTTP::Request->new( $method, $uri )
       $r = HTTP::Request->new( $method, $uri, $header )
       $r = HTTP::Request->new( $method, $uri, $header, $content )
           Constructs a new "HTTP::Request" object describing a request on the
           object $uri using method $method.  The $method argument must be a
           string.  The $uri argument can be either a string, or a reference
           to a "URI" object.  The optional $header argument should be a
           reference to an "HTTP::Headers" object or a plain array reference
           of key/value pairs.  The optional $content argument should be a
           string of bytes.

       $r = HTTP::Request->parse( $str )
           This constructs a new request object by parsing the given string.

       $r->method
       $r->method( $val )
           This is used to get/set the method attribute.  The method should be
           a short string like "GET", "HEAD", "PUT" or "POST".

       $r->uri
       $r->uri( $val )
           This is used to get/set the uri attribute.  The $val can be a
           reference to a URI object or a plain string.  If a string is given,
           then it should be parseable as an absolute URI.

       $r->header( $field )
       $r->header( $field => $value )
           This is used to get/set header values and it is inherited from
           "HTTP::Headers" via "HTTP::Message".  See HTTP::Headers for details
           and other similar methods that can be used to access the headers.

       $r->content
       $r->content( $bytes )
           This is used to get/set the content and it is inherited from the
           "HTTP::Message" base class.  See HTTP::Message for details and
           other methods that can be used to access the content.

           Note that the content should be a string of bytes.  Strings in perl
           can contain characters outside the range of a byte.  The "Encode"
           module can be used to turn such strings into a string of bytes.

       $r->as_string
       $r->as_string( $eol )
           Method returning a textual representation of the request.

SEE ALSO
       HTTP::Headers, HTTP::Message, HTTP::Request::Common, HTTP::Response

COPYRIGHT
       Copyright 1995-2004 Gisle Aas.

       This library is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it
       under the same terms as Perl itself.



perl v5.10.0                      2008-04-14                HTTP::Request(3pm)