After the HTTP downloads have been banned it came to the attention that many
legitimate users need them. Quite a few of those sit behind company firewalls
which don't cooperate on FTP ports and can do nothing about it. After some
discussion, it was decided to enable the HTTP downloads once again.
Of course, a way had to be found to prevent the same issue about HTTP load
from coming up again. Now, there is a way.
The main point is that the Apache 2.x server is not being used anymore on this
site. Instead, the site is a web-application running on a servlet container
While Apache 2.x gave no easy means to restrict the number of concurent
downloads, or the bandwidth, Tomcat makes it possible to do so through Java
It has been decided to allow downloads over HTTP first. Then a replacement for
the Tomcat's default servlet must be programmed which will take over the
delivery of certain files in the download area. This servlet should behave
like the default servlet would, with the option to enforce few restrictions.
It is my hope that the bandwidth won't be misused too much until this servlet
is finished. If I prove to be wrong, the HTTP downloads will be redirected to
FTP until the servlet is ready.
This opens a new softbit project, HttpDownloadServlet, which will be announced
when the time is due.
19. May 2004