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[Gnu-arch-users] Re: WebDAV

From: Eric S. Johansson
Subject: [Gnu-arch-users] Re: WebDAV
Date: Fri, 09 Apr 2004 18:35:23 -0400
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Aaron Bentley wrote:
Eric S. Johansson wrote:

I've people described using sftp and webdav but I'm really not clear on what's the meta protocol describing data transfer. Maybe I just haven't found the right documentation.

Colin proposed a protocol a while back:

Tom proposed taking it up a notch: (in abstraction level)

since my last message, I have found and was reading those messages. I understand better with the goal was for them. I wish them well.

If you want to base a protocol on existing ones, I see roughly 3 options:

1 Implement Colin's RFC
2 Implement a the new protocol as a pseudo-file-sytem, using the pfs commands described in libarch/pfs.h as a rough guide 3 Implement the new protocol as a non-pfs archive (all current archives, using the commands described in libarch/archive.h as a rough guide.

Option 2. is probably easiest. Option 3 could be quite easy if it was implemented using existing code for the backend.

I agree. I believe that the pfs is probably the safest route for now. I'm going to concentrate on understanding webdav because I don't believe it has been fully exploited. I also believes that it's possibly the shortest route to a peer-to-peer system (unless I've gone completely blond and missed the documentation. not entirely unlikely given this week)

If you base the server functionality on tla's existing code, you can probably work on it in chunks, converting first one piece, then another to use file descriptors in a client/server model. When everything's done, you'll be able to use it remotely over sockets.

understood. many thanks for the pointers.  it is much appreciated.


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