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lynx-dev FTP vs HTTP

From: Philip Webb
Subject: lynx-dev FTP vs HTTP
Date: Fri, 18 Feb 2000 08:22:36 -0500

000217 Klaus Weide wrote:
> On Mon, 14 Feb 2000, Philip Webb wrote:
>> FWIW i've always found FTP slower than HTTP when using Lynx
>> & assumed it was something inherent to the protocols.
> FTP has to be slower from a Web browser,
> because the browser has to completely open a new connection,
> with all the initial greetings & other back-&-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).

this doesn't really make sense:
it may be that a direct FTP client is faster once it gets started,
but you haven't explained why (using Lynx) each FTP is slower than each HTTP .

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