Proxying downloads

Jeff jeffober at gmail.com
Tue Oct 30 13:53:09 CET 2007


You use a temp directory to store the file while downloading, then
move it to the cache so the addition of the complete file is atomic.
The file name of the temp file should be checked to validate that you
don't overwrite another process' download.

Currently downloading urls should be registered with the server
process (a simple list or set would work).  New requests should be
checked against that; if there is a matching url in there, the process
must wait until that download is finished and that file should be
delivered to both Alice and Bob.

You need to store the local file path and the url it was downloaded
from and checking against that when a request is made; there might be
two foobar.iso files on the Internet or the network, and they may be
different (such as in differently versioned directories).




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