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From Dave May <d...@sgmail.com>
Subject mod_negotiation/4851: MultiViews pages cannot be cached when used without file extension
Date Wed, 11 Aug 1999 19:41:39 GMT

>Number:         4851
>Category:       mod_negotiation
>Synopsis:       MultiViews pages cannot be cached when used without file extension
>Confidential:   no
>Severity:       serious
>Priority:       medium
>Responsible:    apache
>State:          open
>Class:          change-request
>Submitter-Id:   apache
>Arrival-Date:   Wed Aug 11 12:50:01 PDT 1999
>Originator:     dave@sgmail.com
>Release:        1.3.6
Linux amp 2.0.36 #2 Sun Feb 21 15:55:27 EST 1999 i586 unknown
Before v1.3.6, MultiViews was useful for leaving the file extension off a filename in a URL,
to simplify the URL or disguise the file's type. It has actually been used widely for this

With 1.3.6, MultiViews cannot be enabled while inhibiting use of the "Content-Location", "TCN",
and "Vary" MIME entries to mimic the behavior of 1.3.4 and previous versions. Modern browsers
do not cache pages that are returned with these entries found in the MIME header.

It may be a good feature to allow file extensions to be omitted, separately from content negotiation,
per directory.
http://www.dixielink.com/ can be cached
http://www.dixielink.com/index cannot be cached
http://www.dixielink.com/index.html can be cached
Content negotiation could be made optional instead of a feature required in MultiViews.
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