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From Jens Alfke <>
Subject Re: Server feature detection
Date Thu, 06 Feb 2014 15:00:34 GMT

On Feb 5, 2014, at 10:34 PM, Yaron Goland <> wrote:

> Honestly this sounds like a good job for OPTIONS but Mark Nottingham would disagree -

Isn't OPTIONS more about HTTP-level features? Like, what methods or Content-Types or Content-Encodings
are accepted? I don't see it having a way to tell you what URLs are available, much less what
options like query parameters or JSON content properties are allowed.

> Personally I think a Couch DB specific solution (e.g. returning server data as JSON on
a GET request on the root of the server) is just fine. Good general purpose solutions are
hard. Good specific solutions tend to be easier.

Agreed :) Where I think you mean CouchDB-the-API, not specifically CouchDB-the-Erlang-implementation.

Anyway — I've filed a ticket in Jira:

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