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Re: Statistics on reusing request headers in persistent connections (repost)

From: Roy T. Fielding <fielding@liege.ICS.UCI.EDU>
Date: Thu, 08 Aug 1996 17:37:18 -0700
To: Koen Holtman <koen@win.tue.nl>
Cc: http-wg%cuckoo.hpl.hp.com@hplb.hpl.hp.com
Message-Id: <9608081737.aa19862@paris.ics.uci.edu>
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> When sending HTTP request over a persistent (keep-alive) HTTP
> connection, it would be possible to re-use request headers from
> earlier requests in subsequent requests.  For example, if the
> User-agent header for requests n and n+1 are the same, there would be
> no need to send the header twice, a special request header (using less
> bytes) could indicate that the User-agent header is to be reused.
> Roy Fielding recently proposed a mechanism allowing such reuse.  The
> question is whether designing and implementing such a mechanism would
> be a good move.

I most certainly did not propose such a thing -- all I did was point
out an alternative indicator for part of Paul's mechanism that could
not have worked, and said it was yucky at that.

The original idea came from Alex Hopmann and was improved upon in
Paul's draft, neither of which involved my support (or even review).

However, I do agree with your conclusions.

 ...Roy T. Fielding
    Department of Information & Computer Science    (fielding@ics.uci.edu)
    University of California, Irvine, CA 92697-3425    fax:+1(714)824-4056
Received on Thursday, 8 August 1996 17:44:02 UTC

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