[erlang-questions] How to get binaries when using {packet, http}

Sverker Eriksson <>
Tue Jan 20 11:26:47 CET 2009

No, there is currently no way to get the "strings" in the http-tuples as 
binaries instead of lists.

The obvious combinations of options to achieve that would be 
[binary,{packet,http}]. But due to fear of breaking running applications 
(such as Yaws and Mochiweb) it was not done when {packet, http} was 
documented and made official. Consider it an invalid combination and do 
not use it.
No decision has been made about introducing http-binaries in this or any 
other way.

/Sverker, Erlang/OTP Ericsson

Sergey S wrote:
> Hello.
> I discovered that no matter which type of incoming data you choose
> (binary/list), all the data is delivered as lists.
> Is there a way to get binaries instead of lists?
> If not, is this behaviour going to be changed? In other words, will
> there be a way to get binaries using {packet, http}?
> Thanks.
> --
> Sergey
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