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Re: Byte ranges -- formal spec proposal

From: Ari Luotonen <luotonen@netscape.com>
Date: Thu, 18 May 1995 15:19:25 -0700 (PDT)
Message-Id: <199505182219.PAA14457@neon.netscape.com>
To: Chuck Shotton <cshotton@biap.com>
Cc: luotonen@netscape.com, brian@organic.com, dwm@shell.portal.com, john@math.nwu.edu, http-wg%cuckoo.hpl.hp.com@hplb.hpl.hp.com

> What do you mean by "intentionally break" with servers that don't support it?

UNIX servers return a 404 Not found error because they use the whole
thing as the filename.  Other servers will return either that, or some
other error message.  In other words, it will be made clear to the
client that the server doesn't understand byte range requests.  So I
don't want servers to possibly ignore the ;byterange=... part and
still return the entire document.  I want them to either service the
byterange request, or give an error.

Cheers,
--
Ari Luotonen				ari@netscape.com
Netscape Communications Corp.		http://home.netscape.com/people/ari/
501 East Middlefield Road
Mountain View, CA 94043, USA		Netscape Server Development Team
Received on Thursday, 18 May 1995 15:33:35 EDT

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