Summary: Tell portupgrade to use passive ftp

Peter A. Giessel pgiessel at
Wed Mar 21 22:45:43 UTC 2007

On 2007/03/21 14:29, Jeffrey Goldberg seems to have typed:
> <Rant>
> As an aside, I'd like to rant that there is no reason for ftp to  
> exist anymore.  Sure it is stateful in a way that HTTP isn't, but  
> that isn't enough to justify its continued use.
>    <Qualification>
>     Of course having recently displayed my ignorance of how these  
> things work,
>     I'm in no position to make such proclamations.
>    </Qualification>
> </Rant>

Two reasons:
1) FTP supports "resume" for a partial download
2) HTTP has a tendency to timeout on large files unless your httpd.conf
   sets an unreasonably long timeout.

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