I am trying to use Python to simulate the POST request made by the Bitbucket Online Editor (no commit api yet). Here is what I did:
Here is the code I use to POST my request, but it's a bit long and not very relevant. My Content-Type is application/json, and my POST body is a JSON-encoded string.
When I perform the POST request using my Firefox web browser (using Firebug's "resend request" function), I get a 409 CONFLICT response (Which is the desired response! I am simulating a request to an online editor, so that should be the correct response to a re-sent edit).
However, when I try to simulate the request by copying the request header and the request body, I get a 400 BAD REQUEST response, and the response contains no other information, so I don't even know what my problem is.
Regardless of how many times I send the POST in the web-browser (despite an incorrect timestamp), it achieves the intended outcome, but the server refuses to accept any requests I make using the python requests library.
Response using browser request:
HTTP/1.1 409 CONFLICT
Date: Fri, 21 Mar 2014 00:20:55 GMT
Vary: Authorization, Accept-Language, Cookie
Specified change not on head of branch master
Response using python request:
vary: Authorization, Accept-Language, Cookie
date: Fri, 21 Mar 2014 00:51:01 GMT
Some of my ideas:
I am thinking that perhaps there is another component to a HTTP POST request that I need to simulate? Perhaps when Firefox sends a POST request, there is some header or wrapper added that makes the request valid?
Or is there something more to a POST request than just a method, headers, and body?
Maybe it's something to do with the fact that it's HTTPS instead of HTTP?
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