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RE: [PATCH 3/3] atomic-revprop: Signal the error as a HTTP status code

From: Jon Foster <Jon.Foster_at_cabot.co.uk>
Date: Tue, 21 Sep 2010 13:49:31 +0100

Julian Reschke wrote:
> On 21.09.2010 14:12, Daniel Shahaf wrote:
> > Julian Reschke wrote on Tue, Sep 21, 2010 at 13:46:13 +0200:
> >> Hi,
> >>
> >> just two comments without having looked at the remainder of the
> >>
> >> 1) If you need to augment a standard HTTP response code with
> >> information, the right thing to use is DAV:error (see
> >> <http://greenbytes.de/tech/webdav/rfc4918.html#rfc.section.16>).
> >>
> >
> > What does that gain us? As Jon said elsethread, generic DAV clients
> > aren't going to be making requests with V:old-value set.
> I was just offering an option that may be cleaner than overloading the

> semantics of other fields.
> Also, if this is *purely* for SVN, another obvious solution is just to

> add an extension element to the DAV:response element (in teh SVN
> namespace...).

(Background: For this discussion, we're only talking about how we
return PROPPATCH errors inside the 207 Multi-Status envelope).

Unfortunately, we're severely constrained by mod_dav and
ra_neon. In particular, see mod_dav's dav_failed_proppatch()
function, here:


This is the mod_dav function that builds the 207 response
from a failed PROPPATCH. It doesn't allow us to add extra
XML wherever we want; we only get to set the <D:status>
number and insert some text inside <D:responsedescription>.
We *could* insert XML inside the <D:responsedescription>,
but that would break all existing SVN clients.

Kind regards,


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