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Re: Range Requests vs Content Codings

From: Poul-Henning Kamp <phk@phk.freebsd.dk>
Date: Wed, 18 Jun 2014 09:11:13 +0000
To: Julian Reschke <julian.reschke@gmx.de>
cc: Mark Nottingham <mnot@mnot.net>, HTTP Working Group <ietf-http-wg@w3.org>
Message-ID: <1378.1403082673@critter.freebsd.dk>
In message <53A123AD.8090503@gmx.de>, Julian Reschke writes:

>Intermediaries that fail for unknown range units are broken, no?

No, they may simply know something about the origin you do not, and
decide that delivering the full object is the way to satisfy the request.

>> - What benefits does standardising a range-unit bring this use case (over just using application-specific semantics)?
>That it would work with standard software such as httpd, static files, 
>and a new module?

That will only happen if people need it enough to ask for it to be
implemented.  Very few people tail gzip'ed logfiles.

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