HTTP PUT for file uploads

Phillip B Oldham phill at
Fri Aug 1 18:17:20 MSD 2008

Michael wrote:
> On Fri, Aug 01, 2008 at 13:10:46, Phillip B Oldham said...
>> Don't want to sound off, but isn't that what FTP was designed for?
> FTP is such an awful protocol to deal with regarding firewalls, I'd much rather
> go the way the original poster is and use HTTP PUT for insecure stuff, and SFTP
> for secure stuff.
> But 2GB?  That's huge... a lot for an end-user to just sit and watch without
> clicking reload or something.
Exactly - 2GB is going to be hell to upload. At least with FTP it can 
use multiple ports for data transfer. And with a web interface I'd 
expect users to get annoyed with clicking "back" accidentally or having 
their email-client open a link using the same window. With FTP you can 
"background" the process.

As for firewalls; just use an active connection rather than passive. Job 
done. You'll loose the benefit of the different ports, though.
>> You may have to test this, but I'd assume the maint-stream browsers support 
>> PUT via the XMLHTTPRequest javascript object.
> I was just doing some of this myself yesterday - doesn't seem like there's a
> way to do file uploads with AJAX, but you can easily make a form with a target
> iframe... but this is really offtopic for the nginx list.


*Phillip B Oldham*
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