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Class: PHP HTTP Headers Information
Get the headers of HTTP response of a given URL
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Class to get HTTP headers using Linux shell, CURL or PHP function get_headers.
Class to get http headers using diffrent methods available in PHP

Takes URL as argument
Contains 3 diffrent methods to get http headers #1. PHP CURL, #2. Linux shell via PHP shell_exec, #3. PHP function get_headers()
all get header methods return an array of all headers
first element of array contains int http response code

makes http request to a URL return http response headers @return array of headers @param (mac , pc, mobile): optional user-agent param to change CURL user-agent

Use Cases

Check if a web site is up
Use crontab to make http requests periodically to the website you want to monitor, send alert if http response code is not 200
Make sure URL is up before making file_get_contents
Make a headers request to ensure webpage exists, befor making PHP's file_get_contents or fopen calls.

Usage Example
$h = new GetHeaders('mac'); //sets CURL's user-agent to Mac

$h = new GetHeaders(); //Keeps default user-agent

$headers = $h->get_curl_headers(''); //get headers via CURL

$headers = $h->get_shell_headers(''); //get headers via Linux Shell

$headers = $h->get_headers(''); //get headers via PHP function get_headers

Benchmark speed of diffrent get_http_headers methods
Class contains benchmark method with some URLs to test all get header methods. Use your own array of URLs to benchmark performance.

array (size=10)
  'REQUEST WEBSITES           ' => string 'PHP CURL              LINUX SHELL           PHP GET HEADERS     ' (length=64)
  '    ' => string '1.8369688987732       1.4304299354553       1.1995270252228     ' (length=64)
  '      ' => string '0.96593499183655      0.98185205459595      0.92472505569458    ' (length=64)
  '      ' => string '0.59260082244873      0.35894203186035      2.4568209648132     ' (length=64)
  '   ' => string '1.1098358631134       0.35897588729858      1.6951670646667     ' (length=64)
  ' ' => string '0.71652007102966      0.72328615188599      0.82622981071472    ' (length=64)
  '   ' => string '0.73158597946167      0.81967496871948      2.4969518184662     ' (length=64)
  '    ' => string '0.58801817893982      1.0290570259094       1.3727321624756     ' (length=64)
  '    ' => string '0.66506004333496      0.47173810005188      3.1517231464386     ' (length=64)
  'AVERAGE SPEED              ' => string '0.90081560611725      0.77174451947212      1.7654846310616     ' (length=64)
PHP function get_headers is slowest, while linux shell and CURL are much faster. However when requesting secure https header PHP functions tend to perform better. Try and see if you get same results
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