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Re: sending data-blocks with non-POST requests

From: Daniel Stenberg <>
Date: Mon, 28 Jan 2002 10:45:04 +0100 (MET)

On Sun, 27 Jan 2002, Steve Marx wrote:

> Our servers contact each other with various non-standard methods (eg COPY)
> which also contain information on the Content area of the request (like a
> POST). The only way to implement this with libcurl seems to be to use
> CURLOPT_POSTFIELDS. But then when I set the method via
> CURLOPT_CUSTOMREQUEST, the "POST" data does not get sent.

Argh! That's right, you can't actually do this... Hm, it isn't very good.

> I have experimented with various approaches including using curl_formadd()
> and trying to send the data up through a CURLOPT_READFUNCTION. None
> successful.

No, the multipart formpost is doing far too much other stuff.

> Does anyone have any suggestions?

What about doing what you explained first, use CURLOPT_POSTFIELDS to set the
data, and set COPY with the CURLOPT_CUSTOMREQUEST but apply this patch too:

--- url.c 2002/01/08 04:26:47 1.186
+++ url.c 2002/01/28 09:43:14
@@ -559,8 +559,11 @@
      * Set a custom string to use as request
     data->set.customrequest = va_arg(param, char *);
- if(data->set.customrequest)
- data->set.httpreq = HTTPREQ_CUSTOM;
+ /* we don't set
+ data->set.httpreq = HTTPREQ_CUSTOM;
+ here, we continue as if we were using the already set type
+ and this just changes the actual request keyword */

... and please let us know how it works!

    Daniel Stenberg -- curl groks URLs --
Received on 2002-01-28