bandwidth considerations of ftp vs http

Brian Behlendorf (
Wed, 14 Sep 1994 23:46:30 +0200

It has been impressed upon me many times that http is, despite the debate
about keeping connections alive, more efficient than ftp. This is
obvious for small files - FTP opens two virtual circuits comapred to
HTTP's one. But is this the case for large files? Is there a difference
to serving >500K files via http and ftp?