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From Alexei Kosut <ako...@leland.Stanford.EDU>
Subject Re: request that we support TE
Date Tue, 14 Jul 1998 19:42:20 GMT
On Tue, 14 Jul 1998, Dean Gaudet wrote:

> While it's a good thing to support, it's not a walk in the park.  This
> comes down to needing a more generic form of caching, which is on the
> plate for 2.0.  Someone could do a mod_te for 1.3 with only moderate
> effort in my opinion, it wouldn't be perfect, but it could do the job. 

I'm confused. I pulled up a copy of draft-ietf-http-vt11-spec-rev-03, and
read over the TE section. AFAIK, Apache doesn't need to do a thing in
order to implement it, because we support use any transfer codings except
identity and chunked (although I guess we *could* parse the header to
determine if the client perfers chunked over identity for a request where
we could serve either, i.e., entities with content-lengths, but that seems

Is there something here I'm missing? Is he saying we should also implement
other transfer-codings, e.g., deflate? In that case, of course, TE would
make sense to implement... 

> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> Date: Tue, 14 Jul 1998 07:51:43 -0700
> From: Jim Gettys <>
> To: Dean Gaudet <>
> Subject: TE in Apache....
> As you know, transfer coding in RFC2068 is somewhat broken; the draft
> standard revision includes a new TE header field to fix the problem
> (involving caching in proxies, where a compressed document might
> get served to an unsuspecting old client).
> Our Sigcomm paper shows it has significant good performance properties;
> Netscape 5, for example, has implemented and tested it (Jigsaw has
> an implementation to test against, as does Henrik Frystyk's libwww library).
> Is anyone working on this for Apache?  If there were one thing
> I could pick to implement in Apache this instant, I'd seriously think about
> this one....
> 			- Jim Gettys
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> Date: Tue, 14 Jul 1998 12:03:09 -0700
> From: Jim Gettys <>
> To: Dean Gaudet <>
> Subject: Re: TE in Apache....
> See: for the implementation
> reports...  The claim is that NS 5 have implemented and tested the TE
> header...
> I haven't looked very carefully at the Mozilla code so I don't know first 
> hand; I've been going by the implementation report that Gagan Sakensa 
> submitted.
> As to implementation, I'd probably do the opposite: convert all reasonable
> documents to .gz the first time I saw them, and then uncompress on
> the fly (compression is more expensive than decompression).  Of course,
> this is presuming most stuff goes over the wire compressed, which it won't
> initially; the point is that "optimal" depends on whether you presume
> most compressable content goes across the wire compressed or not in
> the first place...	 :-).		
> 			- Jim

-- Alexei Kosut <> <>
   Stanford University, Class of 2001 * Apache <> *

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