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From Pasi Eronen <>
Subject Re: Issue: _changes feed's Content-Encoding is wrong
Date Mon, 06 Jun 2011 05:54:42 GMT
Curl normally hides the chunked transfer encoding from the user. If
you add the "--raw" option (requires Curl >=7.16.2), the chunk
prefixes will be visible, too.

Best regards,

On Mon, Jun 6, 2011 at 08:27, Jens Alfke <> wrote:
> I’ve been trying to figure out why my Cocoa code can’t read the db/_changes feed.
It acts as though it never makes a connection to the server. I’ve finally concluded that
it’s because CouchDB’s HTTP response is, to put it bluntly, lying:
>> $ curl -i ''
>> HTTP/1.1 200 OK
>> Transfer-Encoding: chunked
>> Server: CouchDB/1.1.1 (Erlang OTP/R14B)
>> Date: Mon, 06 Jun 2011 05:12:42 GMT
>> Content-Type: text/plain;charset=utf-8
>> Cache-Control: must-revalidate
>> {"seq":1,"id":"cf8a2e561cccbc5570ec8f391d041cce","changes":[{"rev":"1-4fad6ccf08b52a49a65734784296dcdd"}]}
>> {"seq":2,"id":"cf8a2e561cccbc5570ec8f391d0428c6","changes":[{"rev":"1-a1eee1babb5545b9b45d4aaf1b55eb75"}]}
>> …
> Note the header “Transfer-Encoding: chunked”. The problem is, the body of the response
is *not* in chunked format as defined by the HTTP spec [1]. Chunked format consists of a sequence
of ‘chunks’, each of which is prefixed by an ASCII chunk size. The actual body doesn’t
have those, it’s just a normal unencoded response.
> What I’m assuming is that Cocoa’s NSURLConnection code sees the header and expects
to read a chunk header, then gets confused when it doesn’t find one. (What I see is that
it never calls me back with any response data). Other CouchDB requests are working fine for
me, but they don’t include the Transfer-Encoding header.
> Has anyone else run into trouble with this? Is there a way to disable that header short
of modifying the CouchDB source code?
> [1]

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