Synology raises 404 error when sync period does not contain any calendar entries

  • Hi to you all,

    Since a few days I bumped into a problem while using DavDroid.

    Problem: DavDroid raises synchronization error. (Server error while listing remote data)

    Short description after doing some research:
    When the calendar on the WebDav server does not contain any calendar entries within the sync period and there are no changes on the DavDroid client, DavDroid raises a sync error. Possible calendar entries in the DavDroid client calendar are not removed.

    There is one calendar entry within the synchronization period (in my case 90 days). The server and client are in sync. When I remove that single entry from the server with the calendar application on my PC, the DavDroid client raises a sync error and the DavDroid client does not sync that calendar with the server.
    Sync behavior can be restored by either creating a new calendar entry on the server within the sync period or on the DavDroid client (or by extending the synchronization period so that it contains at least one calendar entry).

    Is this normal/intended behavior?
    Is there a setting I did not see?
    Is there a way to solve this without extending the synchronization period and without disabling the synchronization of the failing calendar?


    • Synology WebDav server
      o WebDav server hosts 7 different calendars
      o WebDav version 2.3.3-0024
    • Mobile device: Samsung S4 Mini (2 models with different OS versions)
    • DavDroid 1.6.5 ose ( and previous versions)
      o DavDroid config is below in the debug info
    • PC using Thunderbird with Lightning (

    Behavior/ replay:

    • DavDroid synced always without errors.
    • At a certain point in time the sync error was raised while syncing phone calendars (on both phones) with server calendars.
    • Upgrade to newer DavDroid version (1.6.5).
    • Error persisted.
    • Error message is always and only about the calendar called “Pap”.
      o most recent entry in this calendar is “old”: 10 may 2017.
      o Other calendars (6) sync like a charm.
    • Disabled sync for “Pap” calendar.
    • Trigger sync on phone
      o Error is not raised.
    • Enabled sync for “Pap”.
    • Trigger sync on phone
      o Error is raised.
    • Created a new entry (A) for “Pap” in Thunderbird (on server)
    • Trigger sync on phone
      o Sync error on phone is not raised!!!
      o Entry (A) appears in phone calendar.
    • Removed the newly created entry in Thunderbird (from server)
    • Trigger sync on phone
      o Sync error is raised!!!
      o Entry (A) is not removed from phone calendar.
    • Create new entry (B) in phone in “Pap”.
    • Trigger sync on phone
      o No error raised.
      o New entry (B) appears on server
      o Entry (A) previously removed from server which refused to be removed from phone is now deleted from phone.
    • Remove latest new (B) entry from server (which was created on the phone)
    • Trigger sync on phone
      o Error is raised
      o Entry (B) is not removed from phone calendar.
    • Changed sync period to 120 days. (Contains old calendar entries)
    • Trigger sync on phone
      o Error is not raised.
      o Entry (B) is removed from client.
      o Syncing is restored to creating and deleting new entries.
    • Changed sync period back to 90 days.
    • Trigger sync on phone
      o Error is raised when server contains no entries.
      o Behavior like above is restored.

    Synchronization phase: 7
    Account name: Peter’s Agenda’s

    REPORT /web/Pap/
    depth: 1
    Content-Type: application/xml; charset=utf-8
    Content-Length: 328

    <?xml version=‘1.0’ encoding=‘UTF-8’ ?><CAL:calendar-query xmlns=“DAV:” xmlns:CAL=“urn:ietf:params:xml:ns:caldav”><prop><getetag /></prop>CAL:filter<CAL:comp-filter name=“VCALENDAR”><CAL:comp-filter name=“VEVENT”><CAL:time-range start=“20170526T113501Z” /></CAL:comp-filter></CAL:comp-filter></CAL:filter></CAL:calendar-query>

    http/1.1 404 Not Found
    cache-control: no-cache
    connection: Keep-Alive
    content-length: 0
    content-type: httpd/unix-directory
    date: Thu, 24 Aug 2017 09:48:28 GMT
    keep-alive: timeout=5, max=86
    server: Apache
    Content-Type: httpd/unix-directory
    Content-Length: 0


    at.bitfire.dav4android.exception.NotFoundException: 404 Not Found
    at at.bitfire.dav4android.DavResource.checkStatus(DavResource.kt:323)
    at at.bitfire.dav4android.DavResource.checkStatus(DavResource.kt:295)
    at at.bitfire.dav4android.DavCalendar.calendarQuery(DavCalendar.kt:89)
    at at.bitfire.davdroid.syncadapter.CalendarSyncManager.listRemote(CalendarSyncManager.kt:109)
    at at.bitfire.davdroid.syncadapter.SyncManager.performSync(SyncManager.kt:144)
    at at.bitfire.davdroid.syncadapter.CalendarsSyncAdapterService$SyncAdapter.sync(CalendarsSyncAdapterService.kt:49)
    at at.bitfire.davdroid.syncadapter.SyncAdapterService$SyncAdapter.onPerformSync(SyncAdapterService.kt:48)
    at android.content.AbstractThreadedSyncAdapter$

    Package: at.bitfire.davdroid
    Version: 1.6.5-ose (160) from 8 aug. 2017
    Installed from: APK (directly)
    JB Workaround installed: no

    CONNECTIVITY (at the moment)
    Active connection: WiFi, CONNECTED

    android.permission.READ_CONTACTS permission: granted
    android.permission.WRITE_CONTACTS permission: granted
    android.permission.READ_CALENDAR permission: granted
    android.permission.WRITE_CALENDAR permission: granted
    org.dmfs.permission.READ_TASKS permission: denied
    org.dmfs.permission.WRITE_TASKS permission: denied
    System-wide synchronization: manually
    Account: Peter’s Agenda’s
    Address book sync. interval: —
    Calendar sync. interval: 60 min
    OpenTasks sync. interval: —
    WiFi only: true, SSID: ghostsarenice5
    [CardDAV] Contact group method: GROUP_VCARDS
    [CalDAV] Time range (past days): 90
    Manage calendar colors: false

    | locale |
    | nl_NL |

    | setting | value |
    | overrideProxy | 0 |
    | hint_OpenTasksNotInstalled | 0 |
    | logToExternalStorage | 1 |

    | _id | accountName | service | principal |
    | 9 | Peter’s Agenda’s | caldav | <null> |

    | name | seq |
    | services | 9 |
    | homesets | 21 |
    | collections | 38 |

    | _id | serviceID | url |
    | 21 | 9 | http://agenda.peterthuis:5005/web/ |

    | _id | serviceID | url | readOnly | displayName | description | color | timezone | supportsVEVENT | supportsVTODO | sync |
    | 32 | 9 | http://agenda.peterthuis:5005/web/Algemeen/ | 0 | <null> | <null> | <null> | <null> | 1 | 1 | 1 |
    | 33 | 9 | http://agenda.peterthuis:5005/web/Bijzonder/ | 0 | <null> | <null> | <null> | <null> | 1 | 1 | 1 |
    | 34 | 9 | http://agenda.peterthuis:5005/web/Doortje/ | 0 | <null> | <null> | <null> | <null> | 1 | 1 | 1 |
    | 35 | 9 | http://agenda.peterthuis:5005/web/Pap/ | 0 | <null> | <null> | <null> | <null> | 1 | 1 | 1 |
    | 36 | 9 | http://agenda.peterthuis:5005/web/Sport/ | 0 | <null> | <null> | <null> | <null> | 1 | 1 | 1 |
    | 37 | 9 | http://agenda.peterthuis:5005/web/UWV/ | 0 | <null> | <null> | <null> | <null> | 1 | 1 | 1 |
    | 38 | 9 | http://agenda.peterthuis:5005/web/Werk_Zoeken/ | 0 | <null> | <null> | <null> | <null> | 1 | 1 | 1 |

    Android version: 4.4.2 (KOT49H.I9195XXUCOE4)
    Device: samsung GT-I9195 (serranolte)


  • developer

    Thanks for your verbose report. This is a problem of the Synology CalDAV server. We have reported it in Mar 2016 (Synology Support Ticket: #743935). Maybe you can ask them about the status of this ticket?

    See also:

  • @rfc2822 Thanks for your reply. So the problem was known since nearly 1,5 years. That’s a long time. Sorry I did not find the earlier topic.
    I asked Synology for the status of your ticket and when Synology thinks that the problem will be resolved.
    I post back when I know more…

  • @peters said in Synology raises 404 error when sync period does not contain any calendar entries:

    @rfc2822 Thanks for your reply. So the problem was known since nearly 1,5 years. That’s a long time. Sorry I did not find the earlier topic.
    I asked Synology for the status of your ticket and when Synology thinks that the problem will be resolved.
    I post back when I know more…

    I have had contact with Synology about the “404” when there are no entries in the calendar synchronization period.
    When I understand Synology correctly, Apache server sends a “404” when the calendar has no entries in the requested period. However, doing a “propfind” before doing a “report” would show whether the “report” would raise a “404” and the sync error could be circumvented. Quote - in apache mod-caldav, the default response to “empty calendar REPORT” is 404. You can check if it is empty by the response of propfind. - Unquote.
    Note that Synology states that they are still looking into this issue.

    I do not know whether this is RFC behavior or not, or whether it is documented in Apache’s documentation. Nor do I want to be in between bitfire and Synology, in this matter. I just hope that someone makes the move in order to make DavDroid and Synology’s Apache, communicate without this sync error.

  • developer

    @peters Thanks for your explanation. I haven’t heard that Synology uses mod_caldav yet (to be honest, I didn’t even know that such a module exists). This might be useful information; maybe we could file a bug for mod_caldav. Maybe you can have a look whether such a bug report already exists?

    However, it’s quite clear that the response for the REPORT should be an empty 207 and not 404, so I don’t see the need to change anything in DAVdroid.

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