Date: Mon, 2 Mar 1998 09:54:15 -0500 (EST) From: Scott Lawrence <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: Josh Cohen <email@example.com> cc: "ietf-http-ext (E-mail)" <firstname.lastname@example.org> Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.3.96.980302093738.15284Bemail@example.com> Subject: Re: OPTIONS issues from Koen > Here are some of the other issues koen had > mentioned on OPTIONS; > > 1. The server may be compliant with a certain spec or extension, but that > may not be available for every request. The server should answer for itself when the request was for *, and should pass the request through to an active component if the request was specific to that component (/cgi-bin/foo); the fact that most of those today won't do the right thing is something we can't do anything about except structure a correct response to OPTIONS such that an existing CGI wouldn't send it so you can tell you are talking to something that doesn't understand the method. > 2. What if you are both an origin server AND a proxy server? It seems to me that one of the things you should get back when you send OPTIONS * to a server is exactly whether or not it will act as a proxy, an origin server, or both. Sounds like something we need to add. > 3. should chained proxies declare a non-compliance header or remove a > compliance header when passing a response back which contains a compliance > header from another server/proxy which this proxy doesnt understand or > support. They should never remove or alter any part of the response; they should always add thier own response to it so that the requestor can see the capabilities of the chain as a whole and determine what part of the chain is the problem. > 4. How does unknown method tunneling affect this > While the '*' URI would not typically be forwarded on, > since there is no indication of who to contact as an > origin server, an OPTIONS with a URI with a host might > get unknowingly forwarded. > A possible workaround might be that if the host: header points to a the > proxy itself, then the proxy must not forward the OPTIONS request onward. I don't understand the question on this last one.