[thelist] why ftp?

Steve Lewis slewis at macrovista.net
Mon Dec 2 16:30:00 CST 2002

Chris W. Parker wrote:

> 15k a sec. on average) i was just thinking, why ftp? why not just put
> all the files in a web directory and download it that why? not jus
> specifically with the redhat site, but what are the advantages to using
> ftp over http? is there less over head overall with ftp?
 From the protocol POV:
anonymous FTP at least maintains a persistent connection from client to
server.  It is really not very efficient for downloading many files
because each file requires a renegotiation before transfer, and you will
get better performance if you download the CD images.  You should incur
just as muct delay, if not more, when using http for many files.


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