> I am developing a CD-ROM jukebox server running on a SunSparc 10,
> with SunOs 4.1. I am trying to figure out the best way of getting
> individual files to various client machines over the network. So
> far I am aware of rcp and ftp. I'm wondering if there are any other
> better ways of doing it, in terms of speed of transmission and
> reliability. Any suggestions are welcomed.
Some time ago I ran a bunch of timing tests with all the IP-based file
transfer packages I could lay my hands on, and I was somewhat
surprised by the results. The winner, by a LARGE margin, was uucp.
While other packages differed by the 20% or 50% that you'd expect,
with ftp the winner by a nose in most cases, uucp beat out ftp by a
FACTOR of between 3 and 4. I couldn't explain it; I did sorta wonder
how ftp (which was designed to run over TCP) could lose to uucp (which
was designed to run over serial lines and was retrofitted with a TCP
driver rather recently as such things go).
Of course, only a few vendors actually supply functional uucps with IP
(usually TCP) drivers, so it may not be an option in your environment.
Since then, Taylor uucp has been slowly supplanting the other
versions, and I think it can do TCP. I wonder how it competes in the
contest. Any numbers out there?
(I've generally argued that you need to install all the file-transfer
packages that you can get ahold of, in the hopes that maybe one of
them will work between any given pair of machines. ;-)
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