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Re: GET/HEAD support "MUST"

From: Dan Winship <dan.winship@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2009 17:28:59 -0500
Message-ID: <49822DAB.8010703@gmail.com>
To: Julian Reschke <julian.reschke@gmx.de>
CC: "William A. Rowe, Jr." <wrowe@rowe-clan.net>, Geoffrey Sneddon <foolistbar@googlemail.com>, HTTP Working Group <ietf-http-wg@w3.org>

Julian Reschke wrote:
> William A. Rowe, Jr. wrote:
>> It's probably a good idea to implement them, in a write-only server they
>> could consistently return 404.
> That's probably the safest approach.

I was thinking the "general purpose server" comment was meant to allow
for things like having an HTTP server that's only there to provide an
XML-RPC interface to something. Since XML-RPC only uses POST, there'd be
no reason for it to support GET/HEAD, but since it only expects to talk
to XML-RPC clients, not HTTP clients in general, it wouldn't be a
"general purpose server", so returning 501 for GET/HEAD would be
perfectly reasonable.

-- Dan
Received on Thursday, 29 January 2009 22:29:40 UTC

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