W3C httpd FAQ

Telnetting to W3C httpd

Most implementations of telnet allow you to specify a port number. Under unix this is often just a second parameter, under VMS a /PORT option.

The HTTP protocol is a telnet protocol, so you can simulate it just by typing things in. This will help you to see exactly what a sending back, and it will check you that it really is the server not the browser which has a problem.

Here is a simple example (keybord input is in boldface):

	> telnet myhost.domain 80
	Connected to myhost.domain on port 80
	Escape is ^[
	GET /document/url
	...document or error message...

httpd@w3.org, July 1995