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[appendix]
== Migrating from Cowboy 2.0 to 2.1

Cowboy 2.1 focused on adding features that were temporarily
removed in Cowboy 2.0. A number of bugs found in the 2.0
release were also fixed.

=== Features added

* It is now possible to obtain the client TLS certificate
  and the local IP/port for the connection from the Req object.

* Informational responses (1XX responses) can now be sent.
  They must be sent before initiating the final response.

* The `expect: 100-continue` header is now handled
  automatically. The 100 response will be sent on the
  first `cowboy_req:read_body/2,3,4` call. This only applies
  when using the default `cowboy_stream_h` stream handler.

=== Experimental features added

Experimental features are previews of features that will be
added in a future release. They are not documented and their
interface may change at any time. You are welcome to try them
and provide feedback.

* The `cowboy_metrics_h` stream handler can be used to
  extract metrics out of Cowboy. It must be used first in
  the list of stream handlers, and will record all events
  related to requests, responses and spawned processes.
  When the stream terminates it will pass this information
  to a user-defined callback.

* The `cowboy_tracer_h` stream handler can be used to setup
  automatic tracing of specific requests. You can conditionally
  enable tracing based on a function, header, path or any other
  element from the request and the trace will apply to the
  entire connection and any processes created by it. This is
  meant to be used for debugging both in tests and production.

=== Changed behaviors

* The `cowboy_rest` handler now implements a mechanism for
  switching to a different type of handler from any callback
  where `stop` is also allowed. Switch by returning
  `{switch_handler, Module}` or `{switch_handler, Module, Opts}`.
  This is especially useful for switching to `cowboy_loop`
  for streaming the request or response body.

* REST callbacks that do not allow `stop` as a return value
  are now explicitly listed in the documentation.

=== New functions

* The function `cowboy_req:sock/1` returns the IP/port
  of the local socket.

* The function `cowboy_req:cert/1` returns the client
  TLS certificate or `undefined` if it isn't available.

* The function `cowboy_req:inform/2,3` sends an
  informational response.

=== Bugs fixed

* Ensure HTTP/2 connections are not closed prematurely
  when the user code does not read the request body.

* Ensure HTTP/1.1 streams are not terminated too early.
  Their behavior is now consistent with the HTTP/2 code
  where the stream handler is only terminated when the
  `stop` command is returned.

* Sending zero-sized data from stream handlers or from
  `cowboy_req:stream_body/3` could lead to issues with
  HTTP/1.1. This has been fixed.

* The final chunk sent by Cowboy when it terminates a
  chunked body after the handler process exits was not
  passed through stream handlers, which could lead to
  issues when `cowboy_compress_h` was being used. This
  is now corrected.

* The stream handler state was discarded in some cases
  where Cowboy had to send a response or response data
  automatically when ending a stream. This has now
  been corrected.

* The stream handler callback `terminate/3` will now be
  called when switching to another protocol using the
  command `switch_protocol`. This doesn't apply when
  doing upgrades to HTTP/2 as those occur before the
  stream is initialized.

* Cowlib has been updated to 2.0.1 to fix an issue with
  Websocket compression when using Erlang/OTP 20.1. Note
  that at the time of writing all 20.1 versions (from
  20.1 to 20.1.4) have issues when compression is enabled.
  It is expected to work properly from 20.1.5 onward. In
  the meantime it is recommended to run the plain 20.1
  release and disable Websocket compression, or use a
  release before 20.1.

* Cowboy will no longer crash when the `cowboy_clock`
  process is not running. This can happen when Cowboy
  is being restarted during upgrades, for example.