[Mongrel] Mongrel and http 1.1 OPTIONS keyword

Kirk Haines wyhaines at gmail.com
Tue Dec 11 18:11:34 EST 2007


On Dec 11, 2007 3:47 PM, Alexey Verkhovsky <alexey.verkhovsky at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Dec 11, 2007 10:50 AM, Kirk Haines <wyhaines at gmail.com> wrote:
> > And if your Rails app really needs to handle OPTIONS, can't you just do that?
>
> I've heard of using OPTIONS requests to monitor HTTP servers, on the
> assumption that it's a really cheap operation with no side effects.
> But never saw it firsthand.

Yeah.  Using an asterisk as the request uri.  That's the only OPTIONS
request that I can see an argument for Mongrel directly supporting.
Does anyone know of any concrete examples where that use case is
necessary or desireable?


Kirk Haines


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