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No Content-Length, ETag, or Last-Modified-Date in HEAD request response with send_file

Reported by twigbranch | November 2nd, 2010 @ 01:15 AM

Recently upgraded to Rails 3 and found that there are no longer 'Content-Length', 'Etag', or 'Last-Modified' headers in the response to a HEAD request when using send_file.

According to the HTTP spec, the 'Content-Length' should be there in a HEAD request response.

We've tested this on Apache/Passenger. Rails 3.01.

Comments and changes to this ticket

  • Claudio Poli

    Claudio Poli November 2nd, 2010 @ 01:24 PM

    I'm seeing the same, but I also see that 'Content-Length' is forcefully deprecated in send_file_headers!

    Rails 2.3-stable however sends it.

    I have not checked the HTTP specs but it might be intended, awaiting more confirmations from devs.

    As a temporary solution it might not be too hard to publicize send_file_headers! and force a headers.merge!

  • Claudio Poli
  • Jeff Kreeftmeijer

    Jeff Kreeftmeijer November 3rd, 2010 @ 01:22 PM

    • Importance changed from “” to “Low”

    Automatic cleanup of spam.

  • Santiago Pastorino

    Santiago Pastorino February 5th, 2011 @ 08:56 PM

    • State changed from “new” to “open”

    This issue has been automatically marked as stale because it has not been commented on for at least three months.

    The resources of the Rails core team are limited, and so we are asking for your help. If you can still reproduce this error on the 3-0-stable branch or on master, please reply with all of the information you have about it and add "[state:open]" to your comment. This will reopen the ticket for review. Likewise, if you feel that this is a very important feature for Rails to include, please reply with your explanation so we can consider it.

    Thank you for all your contributions, and we hope you will understand this step to focus our efforts where they are most helpful.

  • Santiago Pastorino

    Santiago Pastorino February 5th, 2011 @ 08:56 PM

    • State changed from “open” to “stale”

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