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From Michal Singer <>
Subject fail to download large static files in tomcat
Date Mon, 27 Jun 2011 13:56:23 GMT
This is the error I get:

           => `vacc-AOS701b318-fl.tgz.1'
Connecting to connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
Length: 551,188,433 (526M)

 0% [                                                                                    
      ] 0             --.--K/s

08:27:06 (0.00 B/s) - Connection closed at byte 0. Retrying.

This error is on the client side, on the tomcat logs, I don't see any errors.

I am using large files between 100MB to 500 MB.

When I asked about how heavy the http, I meant compared for ftp for example. I read somewhere
"Tomcat is often considered to be too slow to serve static content"

Is this correct?

Thanks, Michal

-----Original Message-----
From: André Warnier [] 
Sent: ב 27 יוני 2011 15:39
To: Tomcat Users List
Subject: Re: fail to download large static files in tomcat

Michal Singer wrote:

> This worked fine, the client succeeded to download the files, but I need it to work with
large files (more then 500MB).
> This failed. 

What failed ? How failed ? what do the logfiles say ?

> Does anyone know why this can fail?

Not without some better data.

> Is there a configuration I need to add to raise the limit? (I couldn't find it in the
apache-tomcat configuration manual).

As far as I know, there is no limit (on the Tomcat side) for *downloading* files.

> Is it recommended to use apache-tomcat for this (currently we download with using ftp
server embedded into our product, but it is too heavy)?
What do you mean by "too heavy" ? at the level of the client, or the server ?
(or the bandwidth of your communication channel client(s)<->server ?)

I don't think that this would be either recommended or not recommended.  It is something 
that you /can/ do with Tomcat (or any other webserver).
If these are always large static files, you may want to look at a parameter somewhere 
named "useSendFile" or similar, probably in the <Connector> documentation.

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