Feature Req: Include Pipe

Jonathan Dance jd at wuputah.com
Tue Oct 3 19:47:18 MSD 2006

> some webservers  have dynamic database support... they connect to the
> db as needed to parse requests.  it sounds awesome, until you realize
> that its awesomely stupid.  the db calls end up blocking the server,
> the configuration is a nightmare, and  perfomance/usage just sucks.

I think the biggest reason things like dbm or rdbms support gets added
directly into web servers is that it allows run-time configuration -
you do not need to reload, which can be a lot easier for people who
are not shell-comfortable (like PHBs). The (big) downside with a rdbms
is that the server does not know if something has changed, so it needs
to constantly ask the data source for the latest information (although
you could have it cache it for a limited period of time, e.g. 1
minute). With a file-based dbm, the server can cache results but will
have to keep checking the ctime of the file, which is better but still
adds overhead and considerable extra code.

Not saying dbm or rdbms support is a good idea, but just adding some

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