[ee122] Persistent Connection Hanging

vern at cs.berkeley.edu vern at cs.berkeley.edu
Tue Oct 30 21:27:01 PDT 2007

> When I use Safari, with the keep-alive header, to request a file that  
> doesn't exist (ie. "/asdfsaf"),
> the browser just hangs and keeps on loading.
> My server sends a 404 header, but no body.
> Apparently, Safari is waiting for more data, but never gets it.

RFC 2616 states that a server SHOULD include an entity explaining the
problem when returning a 40x status code.  Apparently Safari requires this
(even though given the SHOULD it should be prepared to deal with its


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