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BIND 506 status

From: Clemm, Geoff <gclemm@rational.com>
Date: Fri, 11 Oct 2002 15:30:56 -0400
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To: "WebDAV (E-mail)" <w3c-dist-auth@w3.org>

-----Original Message-----
From: Julian Reschke [mailto:julian.reschke@greenbytes.de]

I think the following rules must be obeyed:

- for any given HTTP GET header, PROPFIND depth 0 must return the same
values as DAV properties as a HEAD (with the same request headers) would

- PROPFIND depth 1 must produce the union of response elements of a) the
request URI and b) -- if the request URI identifies a WebDAV collection --
all it's internal direct members

- Any response element appearing in a multistatus response for depth > 1
should be the same if a PROPFIND depth 0 is made directly on it's URL


- as there's really no problem with the resource
http://www.somehost.com/Coll/Bar, it should be reported as OK (200) or with
no status (this really is a multistatus minimization for the case where
properties are reported)

- equally, there's really no problem with the properties on the resource --
for instance, I should be able to PROPFIND the DAV:getlastmodified date even
if the collection contains a bind to itself

Basically, this is a problem similar to the one that has been discussed
before: what to do when PROPFIND wants to traverse a collection, but doesn't
have the access rights to do so: there is simply no spec-compliant way to
report that problem, so the consensus was not to report it at all.

In this case, I now lean to an extension that would be invisible to "old"
clients, and that also could be used to indicate the ACL problem mentioned

For instance we could define preconditions for the traversal of the

DAV:resource-must-only-occur-once: in a multistatus response body, each
resource must be only reported once

And then use a new element to marshall this kind of information

            <D:displayname>Loop Demo</D:displayname>
         <D:status>HTTP/1.1 200 OK</D:status>


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