$r->allowed_methods($reset, $list) only seems to respect the reset
flag if the return code from the handler is either
Apache2::Const::HTTP_METHOD_NOT_ALLOWED or
Apache2::Const::HTTP_NOT_IMPLEMENTED which is not in the
documentation.

The OPTIONS request is supposed to be URI/resource specific (unless
the URI is '*') but Apache seems to be treating it as '*' plus
whatever other additional options I set. OPTIONS is supposed to return
the set of methods available for the specific URI.

So can anyone shed some light on why Apache is ignoring the reset flag
when I am returning Apache2::Const:ECLINED?

And why $r->allowed() does not work as advertised in the documentation?

And which way is the proper/standard way of:
1) setting the "Allow" header field when responding to an OPTIONS
request on a URI
2) returing from handling an OPTIONS request. is it Apache2::Const:ECLINED?
2) setting the "Allow" header field when responding with either
HTTP_METHOD_NOT_ALLOWED or HTTP_NOT_IMPLEMENTED return codes

I have included a basic example handler and and returned output below.
The Allow hearder field for both OPTION and GET requests should be the
same, but as you can see, they are not.

I am using:
Fedora Core 6
Apache 2.2.4-2.1
mod_perl 2.0.2-6.2

thanks,
Christopher

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sub handler {
my $r = shift;
my $status_code = Apache2::Const::SERVER_ERROR;

if ($r->method eq "OPTIONS"){
$r->allow_methods(1, qw(PUT DELETE));
$status_code = Apache2::Const:ECLINED;
} else {
$r->allow_methods(1, qw(PUT DELETE));
$status_code = Apache2::Const::HTTP_METHOD_NOT_ALLOWED;
}
return $status_code
}

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#curl -D header.txt -X OPTIONS http://localhost:9080/somedir
#cat header.txt
HTTP/1.1 200 OK
Date: Tue, 09 Oct 2007 22:10:58 GMT
Server: Apache/2.2.4 (Fedora)
Allow: GET,HEAD,POST,OPTIONS,DELETE,PUT,TRACE
Content-Length: 0
Connection: close
Content-Type: text/plain; charset=UTF-8

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#curl -D header.txt -X GET http://localhost:9080/somedir
#cat header.txt
HTTP/1.1 405 Method Not Allowed
Date: Tue, 09 Oct 2007 22:14:26 GMT
Server: Apache/2.2.4 (Fedora)
Allow: DELETE,PUT,TRACE
Content-Length: 308
Connection: close
Content-Type: text/html; charset=iso-8859-1