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From: Eric Wong <normalperson-rMlxZR9MS24@public.gmane.org>
To: rainbows-talk-GrnCvJ7WPxnNLxjTenLetw@public.gmane.org
Subject: range requests and multipart responses
Date: Mon, 19 Jul 2010 23:18:03 -0700	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <20100720061803.GA8037@dcvr.yhbt.net> (raw)

Hi all,

Does anybody have real-world use cases of clients using Range: requests
with multiple comma-delimited byte ranges (and thus expecting multipart
responses)?  If not, I'm not going to bloat Rainbows! with it for now[1].

While being able to specify a single range is very useful for resuming
failed downloads and for things who want to "peek" at magic patterns
before requesting the rest of a file, I can't think of good use cases
for having to deal with multipart responses.

Even if you were writing a FUSE-based filesystem over HTTP, it wouldn't
even be useful for implementing preadv(2) since you can only specify a
single offset there.

Maybe if you mmap() a FUSE-ed file and two threads access the same file
in different parts at the *exact*same*time* the FUSE layer could be
smart enough to make a single HTTP request instead of two? :)


[1] - For the performance-minded, it's also tough to implement multipart
      responses efficiently using any sendfile() implementation.
      Our TCP_CORK support is far from optimal under Linux right now,
      and not using TCP_CORK would be even less efficient with extra
      multipart headers.  AFAIK, sendfilev() isn't available outside of
      Solaris, either.

-- 
Eric Wong
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             reply	other threads:[~2010-07-20  6:48 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 4+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2010-07-20  6:18 Eric Wong [this message]
     [not found] ` <20100720061803.GA8037-yBiyF41qdooeIZ0/mPfg9Q@public.gmane.org>
2010-07-20  9:21   ` James Tucker
     [not found]     ` <71E4CB4E-365A-4A6B-85EA-9C24415E1234-Re5JQEeQqe8AvxtiuMwx3w@public.gmane.org>
2010-07-20 18:54       ` Eric Wong
2010-09-03  3:26 russell muetzelfeldt

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