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Conditionally retrieving an object

You can choose to retrieve an object only if its ETag and/or last modification date and time meet certain criteria. You might do this, for example, in an application that maintains a local cache of frequently used objects. With such an application, you can reduce the load on HCP and the network by retrieving objects only if they have changed in some way since they were cached.

You use the If-Match, If-None-Match, If-Modified-Since, and If-Unmodified-Since request headers to make GET request conditional:

  • The If-Match and If-None-Match headers compare the ETag for the requested object to one or more values that you specify. Typically, each value is the ETag for an object of interest.
  • The If-Modified-Since and If-Unmodified-Since headers compare the date and time the requested object was last modified to a date and time that you specify.

If the requested object meets all the conditions specified by the conditional headers included in the request, HCP returns the object data. If the specified item does not meet the condition specified by:

  • An If-Match or If-Unmodified-Since header, HCP returns a 412 (Precondition Failed) status code and does not return the object data
  • An If-None-Match or If-Modified-Since header, HCP returns a 304 (Not Modified) status code and does not return the object data

If a request includes multiple different conditional headers, HCP processes any If-Match and If-None-Match headers before any If-Modified-Since or If-Unmodified-Since headers. If a request includes more than one of any given header, HCP processes only the first one of those headers and ignores the others.


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