curl has the --head option. Is there a reason why wget doesn't have it?

       -I, --head
              (HTTP  FTP  FILE)  Fetch the headers only! HTTP-servers
feature the command HEAD which this uses to get nothing but the header
of a document. When used on an
              FTP or FILE file, curl displays the file size and last
modification time only.

On 8/9/19, Tim Rühsen <> wrote:
> On 09.08.19 18:06, Peng Yu wrote:
>> Hi,
>> I just want to retrieve the response header instead of the response body.
>> Does `wget -q -O /dev/null -S -o- url` still download the response
>> body, but then dump it to /dev/null? Or wget is smart enough to know
>> the destination is /dev/null so that it will not download the response
>> body at all? Thanks.
> /dev/null is just a another file.
> Try with --spider. It will send a HEAD request instead of a GET request
> - thus no body is downloaded. The server just serves the header as if it
> was a GET request.
> Regards, Tim


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