[Project_owners] Get timestamp of a remote file?

massey massey at stlouis-shopper.com
Fri Jan 6 09:48:38 EST 2006

Dan Lee wrote:

> Does anyone know of a way to get the timestamp for a remote file?
For webdav you do a PROPFIND via nsIXMLHttpRequest and look at(parse) 
the response xml for the getlastmodified node. Here's a code fragment:

xmlRequestInterface.open("PROPFIND", uri, false, "", "");
 xmlRequestInterface.setRequestHeader("Depth", tempDepth);
 xmlRequestInterface.setRequestHeader("Content-type", "text/xml");
} catch (e) {
 alert ("Failed because : " + e);
var responseText = xmlRequestInterface.responseText;


> For our project ReminderFox we have code to download/upload a calendar
> file via FTP or WebDAV.  We would like to do this automatically and be
> smart about it -- that is, only have to download the remote calendar
> file if it actually differs from the file on the local system. I thought
> the best way would be to check the timestamp of the remote file, but I
> am not sure how this can be done.
> For downloading the file, I was utilizing code of this sort:
> var ioService  =
> Components.classes["@ 
> mozilla.org/network/io-service;1"].getService(Components.interfaces.nsIIOService) 
> <http://mozilla.org/network/io-service;1%22%5D.getService%28Components.interfaces.nsIIOService%29>;
> this.streamLoader=Components
> .classes["@ 
> mozilla.org/network/stream-loader;1"].createInstance(Components.interfaces.nsIStreamLoader) 
> <http://mozilla.org/network/stream-loader;1%22%5D.createInstance%28Components.interfaces.nsIStreamLoader%29>;
> this._channel = ioService.newChannelFromURI( aURI );
> if(aURI.scheme=="http" || aURI.scheme=="https")
>  this._channel.loadFlags |=
> Components.interfaces.nsIRequest.LOAD_BYPASS_CACHE;
>  this.streamLoader.init(this._channel, this , null);
> Since it's just dealing with streams, I am not sure if there's any way
> to get the timestamp of the file that the stream was created from.  Has
> anyone done anything similar or having any ideas of how I could do this?
> Thanks.
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