[CentOS] Yum / Up2date issues and mirror.centos.org

Rodrigo Barbosa rodrigob at suespammers.org
Tue Nov 29 18:44:35 UTC 2005

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On Tue, Nov 29, 2005 at 10:37:00AM -0800, Bryan J. Smith wrote:
> > And the more correct alternative that allows yum to work
> > without configuration would be???
> FTP -- that's been stated several times now.  The problem
> only affects HTTP streams.  HTTP is not a well defined
> protocol, too generic, too free-form.  Things break over it. 
> Heck, there is an ever sprawling set of APIs for HTTP now --
> many incomplete or have various compatibility issues.

Not to mention the fact that using FTP (instead of HTTP) will
reduce the ammount of data that needs to be transfered (on the
wire) by 25%.

To transfer a binary file using HTTP, is had to be encoded
using base64, which increases the file size by 1/3.

That, at least, is the theory, and hold true at least on 
HTTP/1.0. I'm not sure if HTTP/1.1 (or some other extension
hacks) makes it possible to transfer binary files without
encoding these days.


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