HTTP multi-range request support

Asked by kstyrc on 2012-01-10

I hope here is the right place to ask such question.

Is there any ongoing work to add the full support for HTTP range header including multi-range requests in SWIFT?
If not, is there any project assumption to reject this full support?

I'm currently developing a service for validation of a file upon its partial content. So it is required to be able to request:
GET /<api version>/<account>/<container>/<object> HTTP/1.1
X-Auth-Token: eaaafd18-0fed-4b3a-81b4-663c99ec1cbb
Range: bytes=0-50, 100-150, and so on for example

Unfortunately, according to the docs: this Range form is not supported.
Running such request against swift endpoint results in
HTTP/1.1 416 Requested Range Not Satisfiable

Also checked the blueprints:
but was unable to find any related feature.

So, is there any ongoing work to add the full http range support? Could it be proposed as blueprint in SWIFT project?

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John Dickinson (notmyname) said : #1

You are correct in that swift does not support multiple ranges.

This is a limitation of webob (the underlying wsgi request/response handler) that swift uses. If swift were to support multi-range requests, it would need to be implemented in the webob framework (

kstyrc (kstyrc) said : #2

I'm rather not familiar with python world.

Is multiple ranges support likely to be accepted and implemented in the webob framework?

John Dickinson (notmyname) said : #3

Honestly, that would be up to the webob project owners to decide.

I've always found them receptive to code patches. They have accepted several patches from the core swift devs as we found issues that affected us while writing swift. I'm sure they would be happy to have multi-range request support in their framework.


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kstyrc (kstyrc) said : #4

I've opened an issue for full http range support in webob framework:

Dieter P (dieter-plaetinck) said : #5

what's the status of this? that issue is closed with a reference to!topic/paste-users/FOsN7y3xt6M but it's not clear what the current situation is.

Tong Li (litong01) said : #6

Guys, I am currently working on the implementation. This is based on the implementation of replacing webob in swift. You can find the implementation here, Hopefully, the changes will get emerged into swift soon.

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