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Re: lynx-dev something wrong with ftp directory listing?

From: Klaus Weide
Subject: Re: lynx-dev something wrong with ftp directory listing?
Date: Thu, 17 Feb 2000 18:37:36 -0600 (CST)

On Mon, 14 Feb 2000, Philip Webb wrote:

> 000214 Henry Nelson wrote:
> > With straight "ftp" I can almost always go instantly (a second or two)
> > to most ftp sites in Japan, but with "lynx" it can seemingly take forever
> > It is sporatic, sometimes works fine, other times Lynx will stall on a site
> > and I can go to the same site instantly in another window multiple times
> > by regular ftp.  (Lynx-dev16, slang, Solaris2.6)

(In addition to questions from my other message:)
Does it "stall" only on directory listings?  (not on file retrieval?)
What happens if you press 'z' in such a stalled case?
Do you have tcpdump or similar?

> FWIW i've always found FTP slower than HTTP when using Lynx
> & assumed it was something inherent to the protocols.
> this is the kind of thing KW would expatiate on at great length,
> mb when he's returned from his current hike (smile).

FTP has to be slower from a Web browser, because the browser has to
completely open a new connection, with all the initial greetings and
other back-and-forth, for each access.  A "real" ftp client keeps
a session open, so everything but the initial login can be done
much faster (less messages exchanged, and less TCP connections used).


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