[Python-ideas] HTTP compression support for http.server
tjreedy at udel.edu
Thu Jul 20 15:11:38 EDT 2017
On 7/20/2017 3:15 AM, Pierre Quentel wrote:
> I have reported an issue in the tracker
> (https://bugs.python.org/issue30576) and proposed a Pull Request on the
> Github CPython repository (https://github.com/python/cpython/pull/2078)
> to make http.server in the standard library support HTTP compression (gzip).
Full response on the issue. Briefly
> I have been suggested to require feedback from core devs :
> - should HTTP compression be supported ?
> - if so, should it be supported by default ?
No, contrary to painfully wrought policy.
> It is the case in the PR,
> where a number of content types, eg text/html, are compressed if the
> user agent accepts the gzip "encoding"
> - if not, should the implementation of http.server be adapted so that
> subclasses could implement it ? For the moment the only way to add it is
> to modify method send_head() of SimpleHTTPRequestHandler
> My opinion is that it should be supported : http.server is not meant to
> be a full-featured HTTP server, but compression it is a basic and
> normalized feature of HTTP servers, it is supported by most browsers
> including on smartphones, it reduces network load, and it's very easy to
> implement (cf. the Pull Request). For the same reason, I recently added
> browser cache to http.server (PR #298
> I also think that it should be supported by default for the most common
> implementation is based on a list of types to compress
> (SimpleHTTPServer.compressed_types) that can be modified at will, eg set
> to the empty list to disable compression.
Terry Jan Reedy
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