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Matts (1087)

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I work for MessageLabs [] in Toronto, ON, Canada. I write spam filters, MTA software, high performance network software, string matching algorithms, and other cool stuff mostly in Perl and C.

Journal of Matts (1087)

Sunday March 17, 2002
06:56 AM


[ #3604 ]

Why don't web crawlers send Accept-Encoding: gzip. It's very frustrating to have AxKit web sites and the biggest bandwidth suckers of them all are crawlers. Simple web browsers are using 1/10th of the bandwidth of these beasties. Very annoying.

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  • It would help them, too, because it would save their bandwidth.

    I was just thinking about mod_gzip the other day and the thought struck me that some day there will probably be a mod_bzip. I wonder when that will be.

    J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers
    • I don't think we will see mod_bzip in the near future. While it does provide better copression rate it is much more slower and CPU consuming than mod_gzip.

      Ilya Martynov ( [])

    • We'll have to wait until the CPUs become a touch more powerful, but at least Konqueror already supports Content-encoding: bz so it could happen :) (and nothing keeps you from having bzip encoded files on your box so that Konqueror can do some content-negociation and get those).


      -- Robin Berjon []