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       HTTP::Request::Common - Construct common HTTP::Request objects


       version 6.14


         use HTTP::Request::Common;
         $ua = LWP::UserAgent->new;
         $ua->request(GET '');
         $ua->request(POST 'http://somewhere/foo', [foo => bar, bar => foo]);
         $ua->request(PATCH 'http://somewhere/foo', [foo => bar, bar => foo]);
         $ua->request(PUT 'http://somewhere/foo', [foo => bar, bar => foo]);


       This module provides functions that return newly created
       "HTTP::Request" objects.  These functions are usually more convenient
       to use than the standard "HTTP::Request" constructor for the most
       common requests.

       Note that LWP::UserAgent has several convenience methods, including
       "get", "head", "delete", "post" and "put".

       The following functions are provided:

       GET $url
       GET $url, Header => Value,...
           The "GET" function returns an HTTP::Request object initialized with
           the "GET" method and the specified URL.  It is roughly equivalent
           to the following call

                GET => $url,
                HTTP::Headers->new(Header => Value,...),

           but is less cluttered.  What is different is that a header named
           "Content" will initialize the content part of the request instead
           of setting a header field.  Note that GET requests should normally
           not have a content, so this hack makes more sense for the "PUT",
            and "POST" functions described below.

           The "get(...)" method of LWP::UserAgent exists as a shortcut for
           "$ua->request(GET ...)".

       HEAD $url
       HEAD $url, Header => Value,...
           Like GET() but the method in the request is "HEAD".

           The "head(...)"  method of LWP::UserAgent exists as a shortcut for
           "$ua->request(HEAD ...)".

       DELETE $url
       DELETE $url, Header => Value,...
           Like "GET" but the method in the request is "DELETE".  This
           function is not exported by default.

       PATCH $url
       PATCH $url, Header => Value,...
       PATCH $url, $form_ref, Header => Value,...
       PATCH $url, Header => Value,..., Content => $form_ref
       PATCH $url, Header => Value,..., Content => $content
           The same as "POST" below, but the method in the request is "PATCH".

       PUT $url
       PUT $url, Header => Value,...
       PUT $url, $form_ref, Header => Value,...
       PUT $url, Header => Value,..., Content => $form_ref
       PUT $url, Header => Value,..., Content => $content
           The same as "POST" below, but the method in the request is "PUT"

       POST $url
       POST $url, Header => Value,...
       POST $url, $form_ref, Header => Value,...
       POST $url, Header => Value,..., Content => $form_ref
       POST $url, Header => Value,..., Content => $content
           "POST", "PATCH" and "PUT" all work with the same parameters.

             %data = ( title => 'something', body => something else' );
             $ua = LWP::UserAgent->new();
             $request = HTTP::Request::Common::POST( $url, [ %data ] );
             $response = $ua->request($request);

           They take a second optional array or hash reference parameter
           $form_ref.  The content can also be specified directly using the
           "Content" pseudo-header, and you may also provide the $form_ref
           this way.

           The "Content" pseudo-header steals a bit of the header field
           namespace as there is no way to directly specify a header that is
           actually called "Content".  If you really need this you must update
           the request returned in a separate statement.

           The $form_ref argument can be used to pass key/value pairs for the
           form content.  By default we will initialize a request using the
           "application/x-www-form-urlencoded" content type.  This means that
           you can emulate an HTML <form> POSTing like this:

             POST '',
                  [ name   => 'Gisle Aas',
                    email  => '',
                    gender => 'M',
                    born   => '1964',
                    perc   => '3%',

           This will create an HTTP::Request object that looks like this:

             Content-Length: 66
             Content-Type: application/x-www-form-urlencoded


           Multivalued form fields can be specified by either repeating the
           field name or by passing the value as an array reference.

           The POST method also supports the "multipart/form-data" content
           used for Form-based File Upload as specified in RFC 1867.  You
           trigger this content format by specifying a content type of
           'form-data' as one of the request headers.  If one of the values in
           the $form_ref is an array reference, then it is treated as a file
           part specification with the following interpretation:

             [ $file, $filename, Header => Value... ]
             [ undef, $filename, Header => Value,..., Content => $content ]

           The first value in the array ($file) is the name of a file to open.
           This file will be read and its content placed in the request.  The
           routine will croak if the file can't be opened.  Use an "undef" as
           $file value if you want to specify the content directly with a
           "Content" header.  The $filename is the filename to report in the
           request.  If this value is undefined, then the basename of the
           $file will be used.  You can specify an empty string as $filename
           if you want to suppress sending the filename when you provide a
           $file value.

           If a $file is provided by no "Content-Type" header, then
           "Content-Type" and "Content-Encoding" will be filled in
           automatically with the values returned by

           Sending my ~/.profile to the survey used as example above can be
           achieved by this:

             POST '',
                  Content_Type => 'form-data',
                  Content      => [ name  => 'Gisle Aas',
                                    email => '',
                                    gender => 'M',
                                    born   => '1964',
                                    init   => ["$ENV{HOME}/.profile"],

           This will create an HTTP::Request object that almost looks this
           (the boundary and the content of your ~/.profile is likely to be

             Content-Length: 388
             Content-Type: multipart/form-data; boundary="6G+f"

             Content-Disposition: form-data; name="name"

             Gisle Aas
             Content-Disposition: form-data; name="email"

             Content-Disposition: form-data; name="gender"

             Content-Disposition: form-data; name="born"

             Content-Disposition: form-data; name="init"; filename=".profile"
             Content-Type: text/plain

             export PATH


           If you set the $DYNAMIC_FILE_UPLOAD variable (exportable) to some
           TRUE value, then you get back a request object with a subroutine
           closure as the content attribute.  This subroutine will read the
           content of any files on demand and return it in suitable chunks.
           This allow you to upload arbitrary big files without using lots of
           memory.  You can even upload infinite files like /dev/audio if you
           wish; however, if the file is not a plain file, there will be no
           "Content-Length" header defined for the request.  Not all servers
           (or server applications) like this.  Also, if the file(s) change in
           size between the time the "Content-Length" is calculated and the
           time that the last chunk is delivered, the subroutine will "Croak".

           The "post(...)"  method of LWP::UserAgent exists as a shortcut for
           "$ua->request(POST ...)".


       HTTP::Request(3), LWP::UserAgent(3)

       Also, there are some examples in "EXAMPLES" in HTTP::Request that you
       might find useful. For example, batch requests are explained there.


       Gisle Aas <>


       This software is copyright (c) 1994-2017 by Gisle Aas.

       This is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under
       the same terms as the Perl 5 programming language system itself.

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