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From Ben Laurie <>
Subject Re: Configurable nph filenames
Date Fri, 12 Jul 1996 11:20:38 GMT
Roy T. Fielding wrote:
> > Are we allowed to just invent headers? Suppose that header is one day defined
> > to mean something different? That's why I thought X-Apache- was a good idea,
> > anyway.
> Yes, we can invent headers.  The name chosen should coincide with its
> *potential* uses (any potential, particularly including outside this
> project and maybe within a standard).  Since this feature would be
> potentially useful for anything using a CGI interface, I think a "CGI-"
> prefix would be most appropriate.
> The name "Apache-*" would be good for features whose potential is limited
> to the Apache project, but I can't think of anything we might do that
> no one else would want to copy.  ;-)
> The "X-" prefix should never be used within any software that is distributed
> to other people outside a limited experiment.  The X-prefix was intended to
> be used by individuals when they wanted to test their own mail software
> while guaranteeing that their tests would not interfere with any legitimately
> distributed software in production use.  Obviously, too many people in the
> MIME world forgot that (or just never understood it).

OK, in that case, I propose two headers:

CGI-BufferSize: <size of buffer in bytes>
CGI-BufferTime: <idle time to flush buffer in milliseconds>



> .....Roy

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