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From "Jon Moore (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (HTTPCLIENT-1361) stale-while-revalidate should work also without last-modified nor etag
Date Thu, 30 May 2013 11:04:20 GMT

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Jon Moore commented on HTTPCLIENT-1361:

Validation is defined in RFC2616:


Specifically, this refers to issuing a conditional request using a cache validator to check
on the validity of a (stale) cache entry. RFC2616 only identifies Last-Modified and Etag as
cache validators. For a response that doesn't have either of these headers, there's technically
no way for the cache to _update_ its entry; it must discard it and _replace_ it with the result
of a (blocking) unconditional response.

I'm undecided on this change: on the one hand, I don't think the relevant RFCs allow this
according to a strict reading, because the resulting asynchronous requests wouldn't technically
be validations. On the other hand, this change is clearly in-line with the spirit of stale-while-revalidate
and has clear utility.

Let me talk to Mark Nottingham, who authored the stale-while-revalidate RFC--we can just get
clarification on his intent!

In any event, I think this should be marked as an Improvement rather than as a Bug.

> stale-while-revalidate should work also without last-modified nor etag
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: HTTPCLIENT-1361
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HTTPCLIENT-1361
>             Project: HttpComponents HttpClient
>          Issue Type: Bug
>          Components: Cache
>    Affects Versions: 4.3 Beta1
>            Reporter: Francois-Xavier Bonnet
>            Priority: Minor
> Currently stale-while-revalidate mechanism works only if the cache entry contains a last-modified
or a etag header. It should work also for cache entries with expires or max-age.
> The specification is not very clear about what a revalidation is, but in the example
there is no last-modified nor etag, only a cache-control: max-age
> http://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc5861
> If everybody agrees, I can work on a fix.

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