Net::HTTP should automatically add Accept-Encoding request header on HEAD request as well
Currently, Net::HTTP adds the Accept-Encoding request header by default except for HEAD method.
While this unlikely to cause any real-world problems, this isn't an ideal implementation according to the RFC below:
A server MAY send a Content-Length header field in a response to a
HEAD request (Section 4.3.2 of [RFC7231]); a server MUST NOT send
Content-Length in such a response unless its field-value equals the
decimal number of octets that would have been sent in the payload
body of a response if the same request had used the GET method.
Since server MAY (can) send the Content-Length header in response to a HEAD request, the client would see a Content-Length value of an uncompressed response if we don't send the Accept-Encoding request header.
$ curl -svo /dev/null 'https://www.ruby-lang.org/en/' -I --compressed 2>&1 | grep -i content-length < content-length: 3380 $ curl -svo /dev/null 'https://www.ruby-lang.org/en/' -I 2>&1 | grep -i content-length < content-length: 10932
Say, if the purpose of sending HEAD is to know the content-length beforehand (as an example) doesn’t it make sense to also add the Accept-Encoding request header on HEAD requests as well? In fact, users almost certainly request compressed objects in the subsequent requests (e.g., GET) because of the auto-addition logic above anyway.
Updated by hsbt (Hiroshi SHIBATA) about 2 months ago
- Assignee set to naruse (Yui NARUSE)
- Status changed from Open to Assigned
https://github.com/ruby/net-http/pull/26 was merged for Ruby 3.1.
But I'm not sure that we should backport this to Ruby 3.0 or old versions.