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Subject DO NOT REPLY [Bug 38034] - PUT If-None-Match: "*" failures
Date Thu, 20 Dec 2007 17:13:24 GMT
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------- Additional Comments From tolsen@alum.mit.edu  2007-12-20 09:13 -------
(In reply to comment #14) 
> I'm not qualified to provide advice on that question. But please note that the
> patch can easily be modified if this assumption turns out not to be valid. So
> the only thing preventing this bug from being closed is making this decision.

(Ok, my last reply was me venting.  Here is my more productive response ;-)

The patch may be easily modified to any particular state, but deciding on that state is the
hard part ;-)  
In this case, if the assumption is not valid (which I do not believe it is), then we must
decide on how we 
signify that a resource does not exist (i.e. is null).  The email thread I pointed you to
discusses that 
issue somewhat.  Chris Darroch proposed NON_EXTANT_RESOURCE or NO_RESOURCE.  Paritosh had

already submitted a patch with "resource-exists" but then later agreed with Chris on using

NO_RESOURCE (a trivial change to the patch).   Then in the next month, after discussing this
bug with 
Paul Querna at ApacheCon, Paritosh attempted to revive the thread and proposed another possible

approach endorsed by Paul.  No one replied to Paritosh's email.

At that point, Paritosh and I decided not to invest more time in creating and testing yet
another patch 
which may not make it into Apache.   We're not opposed to doing so in the future, but we'd
like to get 
our own automated testing infrastructure setup specifically for our patches to Apache (there
are more 
to come).  Testing that mod_dav_fs still works by hand for every patch (and every time a patch
needs to 
be changed) is time consuming.  

Right now, we are under increasing pressure to tend more to our non-open-source-community
tasks 
at our company.  We hope to devote more time to pushing fixes for bugs such as this one in
the near 
future.  Hopefully, your and our efforts will not be in vain.

btw, please vote for this bug if you haven't done so already.



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