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Using PUSH to refresh a previously requested resource?

From: Ben Niven-Jenkins <ben@niven-jenkins.co.uk>
Date: Wed, 3 Jul 2013 08:42:39 +0100
Message-Id: <B250D857-6DC1-4872-9718-492F439C0723@niven-jenkins.co.uk>
To: HTTP Working Group <ietf-http-wg@w3.org>

I've been pondering the use of server push in non-browser environments. As currently designed server push is meant for pushing resources associated with the originally requested resource. Unless I've missed something it doesn't allow for the server to push an updated version of a previously requested resource.

What I'm thinking of is something like a webservice where the client is regularly polling the server for a resource (e.g. completion status of a running 'job') where the server may decide it is advantageous to push a refreshed/updated version of the resource to provide a more timely update to the client (e.g. as soon as the 'job' completes) rather than waiting for the client to next poll for itself.

I read the semantics of PUSH_PROMISE as roughly "based on the request you made here are some different resources associated with the one you requested that might be useful" but the semantics I think I need are "based on the request you made here is an updated version of that resource" or possibly (I need to think about it more) "based on a previous request you made here is an updated version of that resource 'piggybacked' on a response to a request for a different resource".

Am I being overly restrictive in my interpretation of associated and an updated resource is in fact 'associated' with the older version of the same resource?

The piggybacking of a PUSH for an unrelated resource (i.e. not referenced in the requested resource) doesn't appear to be accommodated by the (spirit of the) current spec but it's not clear to me if it's actively prohibited or just that the current spec wording implies (to me) it is not intended/allowed without saying so explicitly.

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