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From Tommy-Carlos Williams <>
Subject Re: FileTransfer header support and options
Date Sat, 23 Feb 2013 00:59:09 GMT

I am happy to have a look and see if it's something I can do… 

I actually thought from the JIRA ticket that iOS already had the headers in downloads, but
looking at the source, it doesn't look like it does. Not sure why I was thinking that...

I would probably only be able to do iOS and Android as the other platforms are way out of
my comfort-zone.

I'll have a look now and see if I can get something working.

- tommy

On 23/02/2013, at 4:39 AM, Andrew Grieve <> wrote:

> My take on this: Now that we've investigated xhr2 a bit, polyfilling will
> be close to impossible, so we should spend the time to add to add these
> missing features to FileTransfer. It would be awesome if you had time to
> work on it.
> On Fri, Feb 22, 2013 at 7:02 AM, Tommy-Carlos Williams
> <>wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> What's the status of this?
>> I realised I couldn't use fileTransfer with headers and therefore couldn't
>> use basic auth to download a file. Then I checked for an existing issue and
>> found one… then THAT led me to this email thread (that I had remembered
>> reading, but didn't care about at the time, heh).
>> Is the plan to polyfill xhr2, or just get people to use xhr2 instead of
>> fileTransfer? IIRC, xhr2 is not supported in Android 2.3.x… due to market
>> share, I really still need to support that Android version, so xhr2 is out
>> for me (unless I am missing something).
>> Has there been any movement on this or did it turn into a general
>> discussion about tracking changes to specs and lose its way? ;)
>> I am probably willing to put my hand up to implement the fix in the Jira
>> issue [1], if it comes to that.
>> - tommy
>> [1]
>> On 13/06/2012, at 11:51 AM, Simon MacDonald <>
>> wrote:
>>> Yup, we need a refresh of all the API's. Media should turn into the Audio
>>> API IMHO. We should stop trying to shoe horn things into FileTransfer so
>>> using XHR2 instead seems like the way to go.
>>> Simon Mac Donald
>>> On Tue, Jun 12, 2012 at 6:48 PM, Filip Maj <> wrote:
>>>> Media needs a revision (can we drop and adopt a friendlier spec?).
>>>> Compass' spec has changed. I think the network status one has as well. I
>>>> have no idea about File but, probably. Devicemotion/orientation vs
>>>> accelerometer.. Contacts have been updated too. XHR2 vs our own
>>>> FileTransfer. Pretty much all of them haha.
>>>> On 6/12/12 3:44 PM, "Brian LeRoux" <> wrote:
>>>>>> Once we ship 2.0 we need a revision of _all_ APIs pretty badly. Lots
>> of
>>>>>> specs have been updated/revised. Review the mobile landscape. See
>>>>>> direction/specs the functionalities we aim to provide with cordova
>>>>>> going and polyfill those for our users.
>>>>> This is true. The sys-apps group in particular is going to have stuff
>>>>> for us to impl. Think the DAP APIs are going to fade.

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