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From "Jens Alfke (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Created] (COUCHDB-2054) Content-Encoding on requests is ignored; should decode or return 415
Date Fri, 07 Feb 2014 20:12:21 GMT
Jens Alfke created COUCHDB-2054:
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             Summary: Content-Encoding on requests is ignored; should decode or return 415
                 Key: COUCHDB-2054
                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/COUCHDB-2054
             Project: CouchDB
          Issue Type: Bug
      Security Level: public (Regular issues)
          Components: HTTP Interface
            Reporter: Jens Alfke


CouchDB (as of 1.4) seems to ignore the "Content-Encoding" header on requests, and just parses
the request body with no decoding. This causes incorrect behavior — most often it tries
to parse the encoded data as JSON and will fail and return 400.

CouchDB should either decode the request body (e.g. unzip it), or else return a 415 status.
Decoding would be quite useful: requests with large JSON bodies (like revs_diff or the POST
form of all_docs) can have their size cut in half by gzip encoding.

HTTP 1.1 spec for Content-Encoding:
http://www.w3.org/Protocols/rfc2616/rfc2616-sec14.html#sec14.11



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