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From "David Burry" <>
Subject RE: Bug 18388: Set-Cookie header not honored on 304 (Not modified) status
Date Tue, 03 Jun 2003 18:35:23 GMT
Since there seems to be some disagreement on this, and the RFC doesn't
really specify which it is but instead makes a point of leaving it open
for discussion, and there are many other popular servers out there that
behave differently than apache and therefore some people may come to
expect (nay even depend on) behavior different than apache.... What
about just making it configurable in the httpd.conf, with the default
value the current way?  Why make it very difficult for some people to
migrate to apache on such an open-ended issue?

If we change the behavior, you are correct in that the possibility
exists to get confused about the session id, but in some cases that
might even be desireable, for instance, if you're trying to cobble
together several different web apps with a common login or something
like that without doing an invasive rewrite of the authentication part
of each app...  It would be nice as an apache administrator to have that
option in a case like that.  So making it configurable with the default
value of the current behavior might make everyone happy....


-----Original Message-----
From: Graham Leggett [] 
Sent: Tuesday, June 03, 2003 11:04 AM
Subject: Re: Bug 18388: Set-Cookie header not honored on 304 (Not
modified) status

Ryan Eberhard wrote:

> Despite the quote from Roy Fielding, I stand by my claim that 
> Set-Cookie
> is a response-header and not an entity-header.

I would say a cookie is an entity header, in that in its typical use, 
the cookie value is bound somehow to the page that comes along with it.

For example, a cookie might (and often does) contain a session id, while

the content of the page is delivered unique to the session. If the 
cookie is considered a request header, then the possiblity exists for a 
different session id to be delivered with the original content, which 
does not necessarily match that session id.

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