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Re: Retrieving the lockdiscovery property from a non locked resource

From: Jim Amsden <jamsden@us.ibm.com>
Date: Thu, 15 Mar 2001 08:22:24 -0500
To: w3c-dist-auth@w3c.org
Message-ID: <OF8B1F7F8D.A609A9EB-ON85256A10.004935E3@raleigh.ibm.com>
Hartmut,
DAV:lockdiscovery is a live property  that always exists for every resource
that supports locking. So mod_dav is correct in returning the empty
property given that there are no locks. I suppose IIS could be considered
correct too as there isn't that much difference between an empty element
and no element in this case.


                                                                                                                
                    Hartmut Warncke                                                                             
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Hi all,

if '/a.html' is a resource which is  *not*  locked and the client sends
a ...

<D:propfind xmlns:D="DAV:">
     <D:prop>
         <D:lockdiscovery/>
     </D:prop>
</D:propfind>

... on that resource, the mod_dav server responds witth a:

 <?xml version="1.0" ...>
    <D:multistatus xmlns:D="DAV:">
        <D:response>
            <D:href>
                /a.html
            </D:href>
            <D:propstat>
                <D:prop>
                    <D:lockdiscovery/>
                </D:prop>
                <D:status>
                    HTTP/1.1 200 OK
                 </D:status>
                ...
So, mod_dav sends an empty lockdiscovery element.

IIS responds with:
...
<a:response>
    <a:href>
        /a.html
    </a:href>
    <a:propstat>
        <a:status>
            HTTP/1.1 200 OK
        </a:status>
        <a:prop/>
    </a:propstat>
</a:response>
...

So, IIS sends no lockdiscovery property at all.

In RFC2518; section 8.1 I found the following sentence:

"A request to retrieve the value of a property which does not exist is
an error and MUST be noted, if the response uses a multistatus XML
element, with a response XML element which contains a 404 (Not Found)
status value."

Does this sentence applies only to user-defined properties and not to
DAV build-in properties like the lockdiscovery property?

What is the correct server behaviour?

Best, Hartmut
Received on Thursday, 15 March 2001 08:21:37 GMT

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