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Re: HTTP features w/ low 'implemented' and 'tested'

From: David W. Morris <dwm@xpasc.com>
Date: Mon, 30 Mar 1998 20:13:07 -0800 (PST)
To: Koen Holtman <koen@win.tue.nl>
Cc: Jeffrey Mogul <mogul@pa.dec.com>, http-wg@cuckoo.hpl.hp.com, http-wg@hplb.hpl.hp.com
Message-Id: <Pine.GSO.3.96.980330201201.8749F-100000@shell1.aimnet.com>


On Mon, 30 Mar 1998, Koen Holtman wrote:

> Jeffrey Mogul:
> >
> 
> [rlgray@raleigh.ibm.com:]
> >    Imagine the request times out, or a shark eats the trans-Atlantic
> >    cable the object is being transfered over, or whatever.  Now, I
> >    have to close the connection to the client, who recieves a
> >    truncated object with no indication of an error (until he tries to
> >    use it and finds it is corrupted).  There is no possiblity of
> >    reporting what the problem is either.
> >    
> >Maybe I'm missing something, but this seems like an ideal scenario
> >for "Chunked".
> 
> Hmm, I always thought it would be possible to generate a tcp-level
> error (connection abort?) instead of closing the connection to the
> client in the normal way.  Wouldn't that tell the client that
> something is wrong?

I don't believe you can count on clients differentiating all cases and 
treating the abort as an error.

Dave Morris
Received on Monday, 30 March 1998 20:18:09 EST

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