Re: NNTP caching proxy
On Wed, 5 Jul 1995, David Miller wrote: (in firewalls@GreatCircle.COM)
> On Tue, 4 Jul 1995 email@example.com 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.