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From Issac Goldstand <mar...@beamartyr.net>
Subject Re: [users@httpd] UDP support for apache
Date Tue, 11 Sep 2007 09:47:59 GMT
Yogsothoth GV wrote:
> 
> 
> On 9/10/07, *Joshua Slive* <joshua@slive.ca <mailto:joshua@slive.ca>> wrote:
> 
> 
> Thanks Joshua. Seems like they don't have support for it.
> 
> -GV
> 

To clarify some issues here:
1) There is *unofficial*, *unmaintained* support for UDP for
unix/prefork systems using the patches submitted on the dev list last
week.  I highly doubt that those patches will make it into an official
release before 2.6 or 3.0, but I've personally used them already, and it
would be great if someone else with a need for UDP gave it a try and
give feedback.  I'd be happy to help you apply and compile (contact me
off-list if you want to take me up on the offer)
2) There are several things which certainly justify the use of HTTP over
UDP.  First being streaming content, as Yogsothoth pointed out.  A
second being protocols other than HTTP (which Apache 2.0 was
intentionally designed to support).  I personally have a DNS protocol
module, which definitely needs UDP to work with clients out-of-the-box
3) Bear in mind that Dragon is still correct in that you need to make
sure that your client supports UDP for this to really be useful; most,
if not all, probably don't (but it's worth looking - it certainly makes
sense for streaming media players to have)

  Issac

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