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From Ben Noordhuis <>
Subject Re: Changing request method
Date Mon, 04 Apr 2011 22:49:13 GMT
On Tue, Apr 5, 2011 at 00:10, Jason Cwik <> wrote:
> I'm trying to write a module that will improve REST compatibility with Flex
> & JS by implementing support for X-Http-Method-Override to change the
> request method when only GET/POST are the only methods supported from the
> client.
> I've read the modules book and looked through lots of other modules, but I
> can't figure out the right way to do this.  I've implemented a input filter,
> but it always seems like the request has been read by the time my filter
> runs and I only get body content (I've tried registering it at
> AP_FTYPE_CONNECTION and even AP_FTYPE_CONNECTION+1, but never see the raw
> request)
> Looking at hooks, it seems like the earliest I can hook in is
> post_read_request; also too late.

Well... you can add your input filter at the end of the chain, buffer
everything until you see the X-Http-Method-Override header and then
pass on the buffered input with a modified request line. But that's a
hack and probably a can of worms, I really wouldn't recommend it.

> Another direction I went was to create a subrequest and execute that instead
> of the current request.  That worked fine, but ended up executing my current
> request twice.  Is this the right way to go?  If so,
> 1) how do I stream data to the subrequest (e.g. POST and PUT)
> 2) how do I terminate the current processing chain so it stops after my
> subrequest (and doesn't execute again)?  I tried ap_internal_fast_redirect,
> but that ended up crashing mod_php in the subrequest.

Depends on what you want to do. To trick mod_php into thinking that a
POST is really a PUT, add a fixup hook where you update r->method and
r->method_number. The drawback is that you break <Limit> directives
this way.

Out of curiosity, why don't you handle this from within PHP itself?


That should be all it takes, right?

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