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not losing the streaming section from our old doc

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 Notice finally how the whole stack of segments is passed to each
 page handler so that you have the full context.
 
+Streaming the response body
+###########################
+
+CherryPy handles HTTP requests, packing and unpacking the low-level details,
+then passing control to your application's :term:`page handler`, which produce
+the body of the response. CherryPy allows you to return body content in a
+variety of types: a string, a list of strings, a file. CherryPy also allows you
+to *yield* content, rather than *return* content. When you use "yield", you also
+have the option of streaming the output.
+
+**In general, it is safer and easier to not stream output.** Therefore,
+streaming output is off by default. Streaming output and also using sessions
+requires a good understanding of :py:mod:`how session locks work
+<cherrypy.lib.sessions>`.
+
+The "normal" CherryPy response process
+^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
+
+When you provide content from your page handler, CherryPy manages the
+conversation between the HTTP server and your code like this:
+
+.. image:: _static/images/cpreturn.gif
+
+Notice that the HTTP server gathers all output first and then writes everything
+to the client at once: status, headers, and body. This works well for static or
+simple pages, since the entire response can be changed at any time, either in
+your application code, or by the CherryPy framework.
+
+How "streaming output" works with CherryPy
+^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
+
+When you set the config entry "response.stream" to True (and use "yield"),
+CherryPy manages the conversation between the HTTP server and your code like this:
+
+.. image:: _static/images/cpyield.gif
+
+When you stream, your application doesn't immediately pass raw body content
+back to CherryPy or to the HTTP server. Instead, it passes back a generator.
+At that point, CherryPy finalizes the status and headers, **before** the
+generator has been consumed, or has produced any output. This is necessary to
+allow the HTTP server to send the headers and pieces of the body as they become
+available.
+
+Once CherryPy has set the status and headers, it sends them to the HTTP server,
+which then writes them out to the client. From that point on, the CherryPy
+ramework mostly steps out of the way, and the HTTP server essentially requests
+content directly from your application code (your page handler method).
+
+Therefore, when streaming, if an error occurs within your page handler,
+CherryPy will not catch it--the HTTP server will catch it. Because the headers
+(and potentially some of the body) have already been written to the client,
+the server *cannot* know a safe means of handling the error, and will therefore
+simply close the connection (the current, builtin servers actually write out a
+short error message in the body, but this may be changed, and is not guaranteed
+behavior for all HTTP servers you might use with CherryPy).
+
+In addition, you cannot manually modify the status or headers within your page
+handler if that handler method is a streaming generator, because the method will
+not be iterated over until after the headers have been written to the client.
+**This includes raising exceptions like HTTPError, NotFound, InternalRedirect
+and HTTPRedirect.** To use a streaming generator while modifying headers, you
+would have to return a generator that is separate from (or embedded in) your
+page handler. For example:
+
+.. code-block:: python
+
+    class Root:
+        @cherrypy.expose
+        def thing(self):
+            cherrypy.response.headers['Content-Type'] = 'text/plain'
+            if not authorized():
+                raise cherrypy.NotFound()
+            def content():
+                yield "Hello, "
+                yield "world"
+            return content()
+        thing._cp_config = {'response.stream': True}
+
+Streaming generators are sexy, but they play havoc with HTTP. CherryPy allows
+you to stream output for specific situations: pages which take many minutes to
+produce, or pages which need a portion of their content immediately output to
+the client. Because of the issues outlined above, **it is usually better to
+flatten (buffer) content rather than stream content**. Do otherwise only when
+the benefits of streaming outweigh the risks.
 
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