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From Oleg Kalnichevski <ol...@apache.org>
Subject Re: multipart/form-data in 4.0
Date Sat, 08 Dec 2007 11:53:53 GMT

On Sat, 2007-12-08 at 05:45 +0100, Roland Weber wrote:
> Hello David,
> 
> > I'm having problems figuring out how multipart/form-data entities
> > are implemented in components 4.0.
> 
> They're not.
> 
> > Because UrlEncodedFormEntity exists, I expected an analogue of
> > MultipartRequestEntity from 3.x.
> 
> We need URL encoding for query strings anyway, so it's not a big
> deal to use it in an entity. Formatting multipart entities is a
> much more complex beast.
> 
> > If it hasn't been implemented yet, is it on the road map?
> 
> Not really. For our core activity "HTTP", multipart is somewhat
> out of scope. We'd love to use multipart code maintained by some
> other project for which it is in scope, but I'm not aware of any.
> We tried to move the multipart code to commons-codec a few years
> ago, but I didn't take off there. Oleg recently mentioned another
> project that has multipart parsing code and might be interested
> in our multipart formatting code. I don't know the current status
> on that.

The project is Apache mime4j

http://james.apache.org/mime4j/index.html

I am not sure, though, they want to expand the scope of the library to
include MIME formatting code. They did not seem to sound too
enthusiastic when I suggested we might contribute the multipart encoder
from HttpClient.

Oleg


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