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From: Yaron Goland <yarong@microsoft.com>
Date: Sun, 5 Apr 1998 18:19:07 -0700
Message-ID: <3FF8121C9B6DD111812100805F31FC0D02971186@red-msg-59.dns.microsoft.com>
To: "'WEBDAV WG'" <w3c-dist-auth@w3.org>
NULL_DEF	We need to define the term NULL resource

In http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/w3c-dist-auth/1998JanMar/0278.html
the concept of a lock-null resource was introduced. In the proposed text the
405 response code was the only code that could be legally returned by a
lock-null resource on undefined methods such as GET. It has been pointed out
to me that requiring 405 implies the existence of a resource. As OPTIONS has
already demonstrated, a resource which returns 404 can still support a
method. Thus, rather than jump into a bottomless pit of HTTP philosophy I am
going to take the cowards way out and change the text of the first sentence
of the second paragraph of section 6.3 to read:

A write locked null resource, referred to as a lock-null resource, MUST
respond with a 404 Not Found or 405 Method Not Allowed to any HTTP/1.1 or
DAV methods except for PUT, MKCOL, OPTIONS, PROPFIND, LOCK, and UNLOCK.  

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