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From "Curt Arnold (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] Created: (COUCHDB-484) validate_doc_update returns an HTTP 500 if validation fails
Date Mon, 24 Aug 2009 20:24:59 GMT
validate_doc_update returns an HTTP 500 if validation fails

                 Key: COUCHDB-484
             Project: CouchDB
          Issue Type: Bug
          Components: HTTP Interface
    Affects Versions: 0.9.1
            Reporter: Curt Arnold

If a validate_doc_update method throws an exception to indicate that the proposed update is
unacceptable, the http interface will return an 500 status code which indicates that the server
is behaving unexpectedly.  However, this situation is an error on the client side and should
return a 4xx.  To me, looks like 403 would be the appropriate status code.  From

10.4.4 403 Forbidden

   The server understood the request, but is refusing to fulfill it.
   Authorization will not help and the request SHOULD NOT be repeated.
   If the request method was not HEAD and the server wishes to make
   public why the request has not been fulfilled, it SHOULD describe the
   reason for the refusal in the entity.  If the server does not wish to
   make this information available to the client, the status code 404
   (Not Found) can be used instead.

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