[linux-elitists] HTTP rules, FTP sucks

Seth David Schoen schoen@loyalty.org
Mon Oct 18 01:56:55 PDT 1999


Don Marti writes:

> Same file, same server, same client.  All that's changed is the
> protocol.
> 
> The server: hugin.imat.com
> The file:   gnupg-1.0.0.tar.gz
> The client: wget
> 
> FTP:  11.01s
> HTTP: 10.36s
> 
> Woo hoo!

I think your conclusion is correct, but your methodology is notsogood.

(Disk caching effects, in-addr.arpa lookups and PTR RR caching, possible
ident checks, FTP login overhead...)

FTP was not designed to do what HTTP does, but is no longer ordinarily good
for anything else.

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