APT

FTP protocol for APT instead of HTTP

Registered by usr on 2008-04-29

FTP is the really protocol for the file transfers, and it is better than HTTP because it takes advantage of better the bandwidth than HTTP.
Mandriva Linux uses it already.

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Claudio
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2009-02-25 cjwatson: Don't be misled by the name. HTTP is actually a much better file transfer protocol than FTP! For example, FTP has no support for pipelining, which makes an enormous difference over links with a high round-trip time. APT actually already supports FTP, but we don't use it by default because it would be *worse* than the current situation, not better.

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