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Re: Indicating a resource does not exist

From: Nathan <nathan@webr3.org>
Date: Thu, 20 Jan 2011 14:31:28 +0000
Message-ID: <4D384740.3080706@webr3.org>
To: Joe Gregorio <joe@bitworking.org>
CC: HTTP Working Group <ietf-http-wg@w3.org>
Joe Gregorio wrote:
> What's wrong with 404 Not Found?

    404 Not Found
    ...
    The server has not found anything matching the effective request URI.
    No indication is given of whether the condition is temporary or
    permanent ...

The best you can conclude from that is "don't know" the state of the 
resource, or if there is one.

> On Thu, Jan 20, 2011 at 7:51 AM, Nathan <nathan@webr3.org> wrote:
>> Hi Again,
>>
>> I've analysed all the HTTP status codes in combination with different
>> methods and response headers, and I can't find a way for a server to
>> indicate that a resource /does not/ exist.
>>
>> Can anybody suggest a way of indicating this? or is there scope for a 4xx No
>> Such Resource status (or similar)?
>>
>> Cheers,
>>
>> Nathan
>>
>>
> 
> 
> 
Received on Thursday, 20 January 2011 14:33:35 GMT

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