[drupal-devel] Howto enable webdav in your drupal directory

James Walker walkah at walkah.net
Fri Feb 4 17:59:09 UTC 2005

On 2/4/05 12:52 PM, Vladimir Zlatanov wrote:
>>Are the ten lines you can use in PHP to have HTTP authentication 
>>difficult to implement? :)
>>   http://www.php.net/manual/en/features.http-auth.php
> Exactly, not at all.
> I think the best way to do it is at the end of bootstrap,
> after the session code has passed.
> My idea roughly is long the lines:
> * 
> if (!isset($_SERVER['PHP_AUTH_USER'])) {
>    header('WWW-Authenticate: Basic realm="My drupal site(may be in
> subdirectory)"');
>    header('HTTP/1.0 401 Unauthorized');
>    echo 'Text to send if user hits Cancel button';
>    exit;
>   } else {
>      verify the username:password - ala user_login();

you're gonna want to use user_authenticate() instead, but right idea.

>   }
> This will mean that you end up with a valid $user. 
> * possibly digest authentication as well
> I'll be doing that this weekend, I need to test authenticated 
> RSS feeds powered by drupal.
> I will not be online this weekend, but will post a patch
> on Monday to demo the idea. I don't think it is something
> major anyway (the http auth bit)

would be good for RSS readers too, methinks.

> ----
> webDAV is an extension to http, sort of
> I prefer calling that a special kind of XML based RPC, because
> most of the extensions are actually XML encoded messages.

But it's not actually "RPC" in a traditional sense. But, I think I see 
what you're saying. It is an extension to HTTP though, in the sense that 
they've added some additional "actions" (i.e. beyond GET / POST / PUT), 
such as PROPLIST, MKCOL, etc.

> I think there was an implemenation of webDAV for PHP.
> I am not sure which features, and what level of webDAV
> are worth it in Drupal's case.
> upload, version control, locking?

Yeah, ultimately a full delta-v implementation would be sweet, but for 
now basic upload sounds like it would make lots of folks happy.

The main webdav implementation for php I know of is the pear package:


which is still labeled as "beta". I'm sure there are others though.
James Walker :: http://walkah.net/

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