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From Ben Laurie <>
Subject Re: [PATCH] UDP Listeners (was Re: DNS+HTTP redirection system inside an Apache module)
Date Wed, 16 Jul 2003 08:42:16 GMT
William A. Rowe, Jr. wrote:
>>All this shows that running UDP in Apache can make sense, and I tried
>>to get some attention about it one year ago.. But somehow everybody
>>thought that UDP inside Apache can be used only for HTTP-over-UDP,
>>which is indeed controversial.. I hope that full UDP-support will not
>>be neglected in the next Apache release :-)
> Let me offer one thought here.  I'm -0 on including this patch in Apache for
> one very simple reason.  We are a standards-based server.  Yes, UDP is
> a clear standard, as is HTTP.  But in order to incorporate your patch, I would
> want to see nothing less than a draft RFC explaining the what and why of
> what you are accomplishing, with community review.

I agree with the rest of what you said, but this doesn't seem right to
me, unless I'm misunderstanding. For a start, RFCs are not appropriate
for software architecture. Secondly, there's a ton of RFCs describing
services based on UDP. I can see no problem with having Apache have
generalised support for such services.

But perhaps I'm missing the point?




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