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Re: HTTP POST: fail early if unknown data size (read function)

From: Daniel Stenberg <>
Date: Sun, 12 Jan 2014 00:19:47 +0100 (CET)

On Sat, 11 Jan 2014, CÚdric Deltheil wrote:

> When performing a standard HTTP POST (w/o chunked encoding) with a custom
> read function, a common mistake is to forget to explicitly set the POST size
> This results in libcurl sending a negative content length:
> Content-Length: -1
> , which gives a bad request.
> The question is: should we prevent libcurl to send the request by failing
> early?

Yes I think so. Sending -1 is plain wrong.

> Before sending a patch, I was wondering if `CURLE_UPLOAD_FAILED` would be
> the best error code to use there.

Sure. With a decent failf() as well it should be fine.

It'd also be great to have a test case or two for this. See tests/libtest/ for


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