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http_wrapper.pl -- Server processing of an HTTP request
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Most code doesn't need to use this directly; instead use library(http/http_server), which combines this library with the typical HTTP libraries that most servers need.

This library provides the core of the implementation of the HTTP protocol at the server side and is mainly intended for internal use. It is used by library(thread_httpd) and library(inet_httpd) (deprecated).

Still, it provides a few predicates that are occasinally useful for applications:

  • http_current_request/1 finds the current request for occasional usage in places where it is not avaialable otherwise.
  • http_peer/2 finds the (IP4) peer address, getting the original address if we are behind a proxy (X-Forwarded-For)
  • http_relative_path/2 can be used to find a relative path from the current request.
Source http_wrapper(:Goal, +In, +Out, -Close, +Options) is det
Simple wrapper to read and decode an HTTP header from `In', call :Goal while watching for exceptions and send the result to the stream `Out'.

The goal is assumed to write the reply to current_output preceeded by an HTTP header, closed by a blank line. The header must contain a Content-type: <type> line. It may optionally contain a line Transfer-encoding: chunked to request chunked encoding.


Return the full request to the caller
IP address of client
Close- Unified to one of close, Keep-Alive or spawned(ThreadId).
Source http_wrap_spawned(:Goal, -Request, -Close) is det
Internal use only. Helper for wrapping the handler for http_spawn/2.
See also
- http_spawned/1, http_spawn/2.
Source http_spawned(+ThreadId)
Internal use only. Indicate that the request is handed to thread ThreadId.
Source cgi_hook(+Event, +CGI) is det
Hook called from the CGI processing stream. See http_stream.pl for details.
Source http_send_header(+Header)
This API provides an alternative for writing the header field as a CGI header. Header has the format Name(Value), as produced by http_read_header/2.
- Use CGI lines instead
Source http_current_request(-Request) is semidet
Returns the HTTP request currently being processed. Fails silently if there is no current request. This typically happens if a goal is run outside the HTTP server context.
Source http_peer(+Request, -PeerIP:atom) is semidet
True when PeerIP is the IP address of the connection peer. If the connection is established via a proxy or CDN we try to find the initiating peer. Currently supports:
  • Fastly-client-ip
  • X-real-ip
  • X-forwarded-for
  • Direct connections
- The X-forwarded-for header is problematic. According to Wikipedia, the original client is the first, while according to AWS it is the last.
Source http_relative_path(+AbsPath, -RelPath) is det
Convert an absolute path (without host, fragment or search) into a path relative to the current page. This call is intended to create reusable components returning relative paths for easier support of reverse proxies.