Serving static file dynamically ...

Brice Leroy bbrriiccee at
Wed Mar 25 01:17:17 MSK 2009

On Mar 24, 2009, at 2:56 PM, Michael Shadle wrote:

> Tue, Mar 24, 2009 at 2:35 PM, Brice Leroy <bbrriiccee at>  
> wrote:
>> How can the filesystem can be slower than DB to serve huge video  
>> files ?
>> That's completely on the opposite to my culture ! Can you explain  
>> me how
>> this is possible ?
>> My situation will be serving thousand(maybe more later) of  
>> different big
>> files(between 200MB and 4GB) to different users.
> i'm not saying faster or slower. i'm just saying that if the files are
> on the filesystem, then blob streaming doesn't make sense, unless he
> wants to load his files into the blob streaming db.
> if the files are in a database, then it does. unless i'm missing the
> fact that blob streaming does not require the database-backing like a
> normal mysql installation type blob column thing.
> he has a few options
> 1) do nothing, serve from filesystem (i don't think this will work  
> for him)
> 2) use a script wrapper which means it will keep the script open
> spooling the file out
> 3) use a script wrapper with x-accel-redirect (my choice for file- 
> based)

I was thinking this way too. I will choose this option ;).
Thanks a lot, this x-accel-redirect is just amazing !

- Brice

> 4) load them into a db and look at blob streaming

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