Serving static file dynamically ...

Marcus Clyne eugaia at
Tue Mar 24 22:51:53 MSK 2009


PBMS was written exactly for the purpose you describe - serving blobs.  
The blobs can be anything, text, images, video.  If you are streaming 
content, then that's different.  If you are serving them statically, 
then it may well be suitable, though inserting files that big, though, 
might have its own difficulties.

Note : the HTTP server does not use MySQL for serving them (i.e. it 
doesn't go through MySQL - this would be very slow).  The HTTP server 
accesses the data directly (Primebase have written their own storage 
engine for MySQL, but it can use other storage engines too).  It's a 
plugin for MySQL to make it easy to add/delete the blobs, but this is 
only at the insertion/updating/deletion stage.  Using the Alias settings 
for it, you wouldn't even need another web server.

Bon courage,


Brice Leroy wrote:
> Marcus, 
>   Thank you for you advice but I think this solution will not work for 
> me. As I wrote on my previous email, I'm going to serve HD video 
> content which is going to be more than 1GB.
> All the best,
> - Brice
> On Mar 24, 2009, at 11:49 AM, Marcus Clyne wrote:
>> Brice,
>> If you haven't done so already, have a look at Primebase Media 
>> Streaming (
>> It's a MySQL plugin that has a lightweight HTTP server on the front 
>> of it to serve blobs out of a database.
>> I've done some tests on it (up to 2M objects), and the speed was 
>> comparable in many cases to serving content statically.
>> As part of the system, it allows you to provide an alias for your 
>> blobs, so as to hide any database information.
>> Cheers,
>> Marcus.
>> Jean-Philippe Moal wrote:
>>> Brice Leroy a écrit :
>>>> Hello,
>>>>   I'm interrested in NGINX to serve static files according to his
>>>> performance :p. But I will have to serve big static file (video content
>>>> in hd) and to protect the access I would like to use a dynamic url with
>>>> a key inside like:
>>>> - http://static/qwertyuiopasdfghjkl which will return the content of
>>>> where the key(qwertyuiopasdfghjkl) is associated with the file
>>>> in the DB. The user received the content not the file.
>>>> So a user can share an URL with his contact and stop sharing it when he
>>>> want (by removing the record in the DB). I will have to serve thousand
>>>> of files at the same time and I want to minimize my server farm. Do you
>>>> have any idea ?
>>>> Thank you :)
>>> You can use X-Accel-Redirect:

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