Streaming server / YouTube

Polytropon freebsd at
Tue May 26 19:11:08 UTC 2009

On Tue, 26 May 2009 18:09:42 +0200 (CEST), Wojciech Puchar <wojtek at> wrote:
> > While downloading, you're usually not watching (while it's
> > still possible to watch inclomplete files with mplayer).
> if you type URL containing flash movie in browser (with flash enabled of 
> course ;) it will start playing it before downloading all.

At first, yes, content goes to the player directly (like
over a | pipe), but it can happen that content has to be

> > And for complete correctness, the video IS stored on the
> > harddrive "in parts" (according to the hard drive based
> > caching of the stream).
> are you sure on harddrive not memory only? i assume you talk about youtube 
> player.

Okay yes, maybe memory, but it isn't guaranteed that streamed
content does get stored in main memory only. So it can happen
that content gets stored in the swap partition or in a local
swap file in the main file system (as a file or part of a file).
Temporarily, of course, and splitted.

You know what I mean. :-)

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