11.3 httplib -- HTTP protocol client

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 use HTTP.

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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