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mid-course errors

From: Dave Kristol <dmk@research.bell-labs.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 97 09:31:39 EDT
Message-Id: <9704141331.AA04939@zp>
To: http-wg@cuckoo.hpl.hp.com
Here's something that has puzzled me about HTTP server
implementations.  What happens if the server encounters an error after
it sends, say, a "200 OK" response and part of the entity body?
Example cases include an origin server that gets a timeout from a CGI
part way through relaying the CGI's output, or when a proxy acts as a
pure relay and, for example, its connection to the next hop server (is
that upstream or downstream? :-) breaks.  The server has no way to
signal to its client that the previously claimed success has now turned
into an error.

Dave Kristol
Received on Monday, 14 April 1997 06:38:22 EDT

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