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Re: PERSIST: headers needed at all?

From: John Franks <john@math.nwu.edu>
Date: Tue, 16 Apr 1996 09:08:08 -0500 (CDT)
To: "Roy T. Fielding" <fielding@avron.ICS.UCI.EDU>
Cc: Dave Kristol <dmk@allegra.att.com>, http-wg%cuckoo.hpl.hp.com@hplb.hpl.hp.com
Message-Id: <Pine.SUN.3.91.960416090545.16996C-100000@hopf.math.nwu.edu>
On Mon, 15 Apr 1996, Roy T. Fielding wrote:

> One problem is that there is a cost associated with holding a
> connection open on the server.  If the client knows that it will
> not be reusing the connection after the current request, then not
> asking for persistence means that the server can switch its process
> resources to a new connection immediately after sending the last
> response (as opposed to waiting for the close or timeout from the
> client). 
> 

Perhaps there could be a "Connection: non-persistant" header.  It makes
sense to have the most common situation be the default (requiring no
header) and add a header for the exceptional or at less common behavior.

John Franks 	Dept of Math. Northwestern University
		john@math.nwu.edu
Received on Tuesday, 16 April 1996 07:12:26 EDT

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