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From James Smith <>
Subject Re: [users@httpd] Apache24 - how to optimize httpd.conf
Date Tue, 09 Jun 2015 13:55:53 GMT
It's not the etag calc it's actually the round tripping to the server 
that is the main over head - better to get the client to cache content...
Apache will still have to touch the file system to see if the content 
has changed (however it is done) and on some filesystems just
locating the file and making sure the user can read it is slower than 
serving it (especially high availability and virtual file systems)...


On 09/06/2015 14:51, Frederik Nosi wrote:
> Hi Rainer,
> On 06/09/2015 02:53 PM, Rainer Canavan wrote:
>>>>   Remove etags (Header unset Etag/FileETag None)
>>> Won't this disable conditional requests, ex. If-None-Match and 
>>> friends? Is
>>> your recomendation because of the header overhead or am I missing 
>>> something?
>> Just if-None-Match. If-Modified-Since would still work. I believe
>> people recommend disabling ETags because they may cause problems with
>> clusters (i.e. different inode numbers or modification times for
>> otherwise identical files), or gzip content encoding
>> (
> Well, if it's a static file i think the etag calculation should be 
> quite fast, after all in the default apache setting it's computed 
> using thre values:
> FileETag INode MTime Size
> which at least on linux should be cached in the dentry / filesystem 
> cache.
> So intuitively should be less work then reading this values, the file 
> content and sending it.
> It's not that i've done measurements on this though, just speculation.
> As for the cluster case (and for security reasons), i've been using:
> FileETag MTime Size
> Out of curiosity, does somebody have real misurements?
>> rainer
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