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Let me suggest using wget for obtaining the HTTP header only as the last resort because it generates considerable textual overhead. The first ellipsis of the sample output stands for
Spider mode enabled. Check if remote file exists.
--2009-03-31 20:42:46-- http://www.example.com/
Resolving www.example.com... 220.127.116.11
Connecting to www.example.com|18.104.22.168|:80... connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response...
and the second one looks for
Length: 438 [text/html]
Remote file exists and could contain further links,
but recursion is disabled -- not retrieving.
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