COPY: "Duplicate" functionality

Graham Leggett <> Mon, 31 October 2016 17:54 UTC

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Subject: COPY: "Duplicate" functionality
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Hi all,

According to, the COPY method allows me to make a copy of a resource, but only as long as I know the destination URL of my copy: "The Destination header MUST be present.”.

What I need to implement is functionality that matches the “Duplicate” menu item in the MacOS Finder. In other words, I want to make a copy of an URL, but I want the server to decide on the URL to the COPY.

Is this possible while at the same time being RFC compliant?

If I was to set the Destination header to the same URL as the source, or perhaps the parent collection of the source, would that make sense?