Re: NNTP caching proxy

On Wed, 5 Jul 1995, David Miller wrote: (in firewalls@GreatCircle.COM)

> On Tue, 4 Jul 1995 benjamin@hanover.demon.co.uk wrote:
> > > Is there such a thing as a caching proxy for NNTP?  I don't want to 
> > > dedicate the disk space and bandwidth to a real news feed.
> > 
> > I believe there is a package called INN 8-)
> > 
> > No, seriously... Appart from running a news server, I have not found a
> > solution... 8-(
> Something doesn't seem quite right here.  If brogers doesn't want to have 
> a dedicated news feed but still wants access to news, he must be looking 
> for an NNRP proxy, not an NNTP proxy right?  If that's the case, 
> something like netscape will work just fine using the standard httpd 
> proxy. If you want to use "tin" across a firewall though, you'll have to 
> hack something in.  I don't know of any NNRP proxies either.

Except that none of the http/nnrp proxies will cache news.  I think news 
is a good candidate for caching, personally.  That way a regional news 
server could carry a full feed, and small ISPs could have all groups 
accessible w/o having to take a full feed themselves.

Its on my wish list.  I don't think it will make it to the *do* list, 
other than maybe hacking CERN proxy server to cache news articles.
I remember Ari said caching news was bad, but I never understood why, 
after all, articles don't change, they have static "urls" and have an 
easily defined expiry dates.