How to know HTTP server is down

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Subject: How to know HTTP server is down
Posted by:  Alan T (alan_NO_SPAM_plt…@yahoo.com.au)
Date: Tue, 2 Feb 2010

I want to test if HTTP server is up and running before GET a file.
I cannot GET the file for testing the HTTP server is running because the
file is not always existing.

One way is to put a dummy file on HTTP server if I can GET the file, any
other way I can test beside GET a file from HTTP server?

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