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From Chaminda Divitotawela <>
Subject [users@httpd] HTTP-413 error when server recieves a blank POST
Date Wed, 03 Mar 2010 16:55:17 GMT

I use httpd server and due to some issue of one of the client application, client
sends a blank(with no payload) POST request. In this case httpd wait and times out and returns
the HTTP-413 error. HTTP-413 error indicates 'request entity too large'. However in this case
this error is not anything related to the size of the request content. I have not configured
LimitRequestBody in the apache server so there is no restriction imposed on the size of the

I would like to know whether this is the correct error httpd suppose to send in such situation,
if so what is the explanation.

This is the information in the POST request and no further communication from the client.

POST /soap/publicationConsumerHttp_v1_0 HTTP/1.1 Content-type: text/xml; charset=utf-8..SOAPACTION:
"publish"..Transfer-Encoding: chunked..User-Agent: Java_1.6..Host: hostname..Accept: text/html,
image/gif, image/jpeg, */*; q=.2..Connection: Keep-Alive....  

I need to provide an explanation why httpd server return 413 error given that this is not
related to the size of the request. I have not configured the 

Many Thanks,


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