I agree with you, however, this started out as a direct quote from the spec
draft-ietf-http-v11-spec-rev-06: 10.4.14 413 Request Entity Too Large
The server is refusing to process a request because the request entity is
larger than the server is willing or able to process. The server MAY close
the connection to prevent the client from continuing the request.
It seems the 413 is a special case of 4xx.
Stefan Andersson <firstname.lastname@example.org> on 01/21/99 05:34:01 AM
Please respond to Stefan Andersson <email@example.com>
To: "Wagner,William" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
cc: Harry Lewis/Boulder/IBM, Carl Kugler/Boulder/IBM, email@example.com
Subject: RE: IPP> Chunking Explanation
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On Wed, 20 Jan 1999, Wagner,William wrote:
> RFC2068 requires HTTP1.1 Servers to support both Content Length and
> Chunking for all requests. However, some IPP servers may exist that
> do not support Chunking. In this case, the IPP server may return erro=
> 411(Length Required) in response to the HTTP POST.
> Further, some IPP servers may implement a filter-and-buffer approach=
> determine CONTENT_LENGTH from a chunked encoding before passing the
> request body to a CGI application. If the buffered request grows too=
> the server may reject the request with status code 413 (Request Entit=
> Large). If this occurs, the IPP server may also close the connection =
> prevent the client from continuing the request.
If the server can't ensure that the client has acknowledged the respons=
it's better to consume the rest of the data, this is to make sure that =
client reads the response.
draft-ietf-http-v11-spec-rev-06: 10.4 Client Error 4xx
If the client is sending data, a server implementation using TCP
SHOULD be careful to ensure that the client acknowledges receipt of
the packet(s) containing the response, before the server closes the
input connection. If the client continues sending data to the server=
after the close, the server's TCP stack will send a reset packet to
the client, which may erase the client's unacknowledged input buffer=
before they can be read and interpreted by the HTTP application.
-- Stefan Andersson Software Engineer Print Server Business Unit Stefan.Andersson@axis.com AXIS Communications AB Phone: +46 46 270 19 85 Scheelev=E4gen 16 Fax: +46 46 13 61 30 S-223 70 LUND, SWEDEN http://www.axis.com