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Subject [Couchdb Wiki] Update of "Session_API" by StephaneAlnet
Date Thu, 21 Apr 2011 21:49:50 GMT
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The "Session_API" page has been changed by StephaneAlnet.
The comment on this change is: More details on Authorization header, Futon doesn't seem to
use POST.


    POST /_session
- with (by default) a standard Basic Authentication header.
+ with (by default) a standard Basic Authorization header:
+ {{{
+    Authorization: Basic <base64-encoded-username:password>
+ }}}
  The username is the "name" field of a user's record in CouchDB's _users database.
@@ -64, +67 @@

  If the session is not valid (not logged in, etc.) an exception will be thrown with an "unauthorized"
+ Note: it seems Futon does not use POST but simply submits a GET /_session with the proper
Authorization header.
  === Session Timeout ===
  The session timeout is specified by the "timeout" parameter in the "couch_httpd_auth" section
of configuration.

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