[tech] ☿️ gemini — head request

Petite Abeille petite.abeille at gmail.com
Wed Mar 3 10:29:32 GMT 2021


HTTP sports the HEAD method — which returns only the headers of a response, without the content itself:

https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Web/HTTP/Methods/HEAD

HTTP GET and HEAD are semantically equivalent: GET returns both headers and body, while HEAD only returns the headers of the response.


Gemini proper doesn't formally offer anything equivalent: a 20 response is an all or nothing proposition — the equivalent of an HTTP GET only.

In practice though, a Gemini HEAD request simply means a Gemini agent  reading only the response status line — and ignoring the content itself.


☿️ Gemini offers the following implementation suggestion to ☿️ Gemini agents: 

• For clients — drop the connection immediately after reading the status line 
• For servers — double check the network connection status before sending the content itself, perhaps even delaying it slightly 


That's all folks.

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