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From Jan Lehnardt <>
Subject Re: Using POSTs to get data [viz. COUCHDB-269 _list doesn't allow POST requests]
Date Thu, 26 Feb 2009 17:49:58 GMT

On 26 Feb 2009, at 18:43, Jens Alfke wrote:

> [This is in response to "(COUCHDB-269) _list doesn't allow POST  
> requests", but I'm posting to the list as the issue seems to be  
> broader than just the _list URI pattern.]
> Using POST to fetch documents seems a bit weird — by REST principles  
> that should be a GET, shouldn't it? Using a POST obscures the fact  
> that the request is read-only and potentially cacheable. Any reason  
> this couldn't be handled by a GET, passing in the document IDs?

> Is it the potential size of the resulting URI?


> (Is it kosher to pass a request body in a GET?)

The RFC allows it, but it is not widely supported.

This came up before on the dev list, but I don't blame you because
the incubator archives seem to be gone.


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