Improve this Script and Win $100USD
After publishing 10 Linux commands you’ve never used I was the benefactor of much feedback as to how I could have used the commands better. Which is great, I certainly do not have all the answers and I love to see the way others do things.
To that end I offering $100USD to the best improvement to this script, httpClient.sh. I have always wanted a pure BASH http client and thus I put this together last night. Its not perfect, some things are screaming to be fixed. In addition some other features should be added.
- Your work MUST be original.
- Your work MUST be derived from the script above.
- It CAN NOT use netcat (nc).
- It MUST be submitted to me via email to this address:.
- The script must contain, as comments, your name, email, and website (if you have one).
- It MUST be submitted by March 7th at midnight CST.
- Also NOTE that BASH must be compiled with networking support to use the script. I believe most distributions do this, Debian apparently does not.
I will judge based on the following in no particular order. There is no need to fix them all, the winner may just fix one, in a really cool way:
- I would like to see it exit with an error status when the server responds with an error.
Meaningful exit status?
- Handling white space better.
- Storing the headers in an array.
- Following the HTTP 1.1 RFC more. (HEAD with meaningful exit codes?)
- Adding an option to save headers to a file.
- Sometimes 0 is printed after the HTML, not sure why.
- f19 is printed before the HTML when grabbing google, not sure why.
- User agent
- I had to institute a timeout on read otherwise it took 3-5 seconds to timeout. I’d like this handled better.
- I am not sure what happens when you download binary data or large files.
- Better ways of handling things, novel practices, clean code, and of course my opinion.
Chris FA Johnson won with this version of httpClient.sh! Congratulations Chris!