HTTP::Request - HTTP style request message
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);
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
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::Requestobject 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
URIobject. The optional $header argument should be a reference to an
HTTP::Headersobject. The optional $content argument should be a string of bytes.
- $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( $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::Message. See HTTP::Headers for details and other similar methods that can be used to access the headers.
- $r->content( $content )
This is used to get/set the content and it is inherited from the
HTTP::Messagebase 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
Encodemodule can be used to turn such strings into a string of bytes.
Method returning a textual representation of the request. Mainly useful for debugging purposes. It takes no arguments.
Copyright 1995-2001 Gisle Aas.
This library is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as Perl itself.