[PEAK] Downloading via redirection

Phillip J. Eby pje at telecommunity.com
Fri Mar 23 23:57:08 EDT 2007

At 08:58 PM 3/23/2007 -0400, Yang wrote:
>But when easy_install requests
>http://assorted.sf.net/python-commons/download/ (which it apparently
>does, based on the output), won't the HTTP response inform it of the
>filename and type (and thus it can see that it's downloading

No, because when it follows a home page or download link, it's looking for 
an HTML page that it can find download URLs on -- not the actual download 
file.  At that point, it hasn't chosen *which* URL is the best match for 
your criteria, so it's not expecting to download anything yet, only to look 
at web pages for *links* to downloads.

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