File XFR Proxy, Take 2

Richard Huddleston (
Sun, 2 Oct 1994 03:17:28 +0100

A couple of weeks ago, I posted that some folks and I were considering
hacking up an httpd to implement an XFR or RCOPY method, which would
transfer a file to a client through an intermediary system.

A small number of folks wrote email, either saying it was a cool idea
or an unbelievably dumb one. After playing around with the issues, and
getting further through that mess o' spaghetti code known as the NSCA
httpd, I've come down on the side of those who said it was a dumb idea.

We've implemented the file transfer mechanism as an nph- CGI script done
in C. Does just what we want, and doesn't break a stock server.


Thanks to those folks who sent mail--even the flames.


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