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Re: server applying PUT to a resource other than the request-URI

From: Yves Lafon <ylafon@w3.org>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2008 09:25:27 -0400 (EDT)
To: Etan Wexler <ewexler@stickdog.com>
cc: HTTP Working Group <ietf-http-wg@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.64.0810240921150.27744@ubzre.j3.bet>

On Fri, 24 Oct 2008, Etan Wexler wrote:

> Yves Lafon (as Yves) wrote in
> <http://www.w3.org/mid/alpine.OSX.1.00.0810210932350.34078@nenpuar.ybpny>:
>> When you know that /new.txt will generate new URIs, the correct method to 
>> trigger [it] is POST and clearly not PUT.
>> What's wrong with [the following scenario?]
>> POST /give_me_a_new_URI
>> => 303 See Other
>>    Location: /new1.txt
>> => PUT /new1.txt
>> ...
> In HTTP, a response whose status code is 303 fails to direct the user agent 
> to issue a request whose method is PUT. RFC 2616 recommends that the user 
> agent issue a request whose method is GET and whose Request-URI is the URI 
> that appeared in the Location header field of the preceding response (see, 
> for example, <http://greenbytes.de/tech/webdav/rfc2616.html#status.303>). The 
> latest (as of 2008-10-24) working draft of a revision to that part of RFC 
> 2616 allows, but does not mandate, a request whose method is GET (see, for 
> example, 
> <http://greenbytes.de/tech/webdav/draft-ietf-httpbis-p2-semantics-04.html#status.303>).

Well, sure, the goal is not to redirect PUT, but to create a resource form 
a "templating" one. In that case you can even get the result of the 
creation using a GET, then do a PUT there.

> Specifications aside, user agents in the field will react to a status code of 
> 303 with a request whose method is GET. Many operators of origin servers rely 
> on such behavior, as do the people who direct their user agents to those 
> origin servers.

Well I didn't say the opposite, the 303 was not to redirect the PUT, just 
part of an orchestration of calls.

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