hangs/multiple servers

marca@ncsa.uiuc.edu (Marc Andreessen)
Date: Wed, 18 Nov 92 18:17:33 -0800
From: marca@ncsa.uiuc.edu (Marc Andreessen)
Message-id: <9211190217.AA08693@wintermute.ncsa.uiuc.edu>
To: www-talk@nxoc01.cern.ch
Subject: hangs/multiple servers
More questions.....

I've noticed occasionally that trying to contact an http server that
seems to be down (at least with ViolaWWW & MidasWWW) will result in
hangs (or very very long pauses).  Shouldn't a 30-second timeout or
something similar be in effect at all times?

Also, is there any way to specify backup servers?  Does anyone else
think this would be useful?


Marc Andreessen
Software Development Group
National Center for Supercomputing Applications