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From Jan Lehnardt <>
Subject Re: Content-Type Negotiation/Programmatic URL rewriting
Date Thu, 11 Mar 2010 05:17:05 GMT

On 10 Mar 2010, at 21:07, J Chris Anderson wrote:

> On Mar 10, 2010, at 7:47 PM, Robert Newson wrote:
>> All,
>> I want to retrieve the JSON document or a specific binary attachment
>> of it from the same URL, conditional on the Accept header. That is,
>> "/db/doc" is either JSON metadata or a binary stream, depending on
>> content-type negotiation. The below rewrite enhancement would achieve
>> it, I think, but perhaps there's a cleaner way? Right now, I'm adding
>> another Erlang module to achieve this but I would really like to do it
>> entirely from a design document.
>> I'm thinking of writing a new kind of rewrite handler. I have a case
>> where it would be very useful to rewrite a URL based on the contents
>> of a request header. That is, the presence of a particular header will
>> alter the path, but not otherwise;
>> {
>>  "_id":"_design/foo",
>> "rewrites": {
>>   "bar": {
>>     "function":"function(req){ if (req.headers["Accept"] == blah) {
>> return req.path + "extra";} return req.path"
>> that is, the rewrite handler would get a full request object and
>> return the rewritten path, and could use anything from the request to
>> do so.
> we originally decided against an executable rewrite handler for reasons of performance.

One could argue that optional executable rewrites are okay. Especially when written as
Erlang functions.

> is there a way to add to the pattern matching api to achieve this?

"from": {

"from": {

Could do the trick, but I don't want to be the one implementing that :)


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