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The following is an example of a classic mistake for people that read from a Stream

Basically I think I've discovered a bug or limitation of the HttpListenerRequest that I can't find documented anywhere and am unsure how to proceed.</p>

Basically, I've been trying to write a function to strip any uploaded files out of the InputStream of the HttpListenerRequest. The function works fine until the files are over 128kb (ish).

Dim Body As System.IO.Stream = Request.InputStream
Body.Read(Bytes, 0, Request.ContentLength64)

Though the ContentLength64 property returns the correct value, the stream object seems to simply be padded with empty bytes.

Offcourse, if you look at the documentation for the Read method it clearly says that the function returns the number of bytes that were actually read. Here is a little helper function that keeps you from writing the same code over and over again

public void Copy(Stream input, Stream output, int bufferSize)
	byte[] buffer = new byte[bufferSize];
	int bytesRead;

	while((bytesRead = input.Read(buffer, 0, bufferSize)) > 0)
		output.Write(buffer, 0, bytesRead);

And as usual, a little demo of it’s use

static void DownloadFile(string url, string path)
	WebRequest req = WebRequest.Create(url);
	WebResponse rsp = req.GetResponse();
	using (Stream input = rsp.GetResponseStream())
	using (Stream output = File.Open(path, FileMode.Create))
		StreamHelper.Copy(input, output, 1024 * 1000);

static void Main(string[] args)
	DownloadFile("ftp://example.com/pub/test.bin", @"c:\test.bin");

	Console.Write("{0}Press any key to continue...", Environment.NewLine);