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409 Conflict - exposing more details

From: Julian Reschke <julian.reschke@gmx.de>
Date: Mon, 14 Feb 2011 17:02:39 +0100
Message-ID: <4D59521F.4080600@gmx.de>
To: HTTP Working Group <ietf-http-wg@w3.org>

in a project I'm currently working on, my server returns 409 Conflict 
when trying to DELETE a resource that still has strong references from 
other resources -- so what I want to tell the client is that you can't 
DELETE resource A as long as resource B references it.

Now, with close coupling between client and server this can easily be 
communicated in the response body, be it JSON or XML.

However, I was wondering whether this use case is common enough to 
standardize it? Maybe with a link relation?

Best regards, Julian
Received on Monday, 14 February 2011 16:03:16 UTC

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