Re: Frames & WWW

Fisher Mark (
Tue, 15 Nov 1994 11:11:10 +0100

I am struggling right now with reading a record-oriented format (library
MARC records) on a system that *is* record-oriented (VMS) but does not know
about this particular format. My suspicion is that you need in the OS both
the low-level, UNIX-style byte stream file access as well as a higher-level
record-oriented file access format for maximum data access at maximum speed.
A compiled language for record access (like Perl's pack()/unpack() only
much more sophisticated) would be nice too...
Mark Fisher Thomson Consumer Electronics Indianapolis, IN

"Just as you should not underestimate the bandwidth of a station wagon
traveling 65 mph filled with 8mm tapes, you should not overestimate
the bandwidth of FTP by mail."