HTTP Error 413 – Request entity too large

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HTTP Error 413 – Request entity too large

Introduction

Your Web server thinks that the HTTP data stream sent by the client (e.g. Web browser ) was simply too large i.e. too many bytes. What constitutes ‘too many bytes’ depends partly upon the operation being attempted. For example a request to upload a very large file (via the HTTP PUT method) may encounter a ceiling on upload file size set by the Web server.

413 errors in the HTTP cycle

Any client goes through the following cycle:

  • Obtain an IP address from the IP name of your site (your site URL without the leading ‘http://’). This lookup (conversion of IP name to IP address) is provided by domain name servers (DNSs).
  • Open an IP socket connection to that IP address.
  • Write an HTTP data stream through that socket.
  • Receive an HTTP data stream back from your Web server in response. This data stream contains status codes whose values are determined by the HTTP protocol. Parse this data stream for status codes and other useful information.

This error occurs in the final step above when the client receive an HTTP status code that it recognises as ‘413’.

Resolving 413 errors – general

This error seldom occurs in most Web traffic, particularly when the client system is a Web browser. The problem can only be resolved by examining what your client system is trying to do then discussing with your ISP why the Web server rejects the number of bytes sent by the client system.

sources:http://www.checkupdown.com/status/E413.html

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