libURL HTTP downloading

Phil Davis revdev at
Sat Aug 8 16:25:34 EDT 2009

I assume that, when using Rev's libURL-based HTTP downloading, errors 
are more likely to occur when downloading many smaller files than when 
downloading a few larger ones. Statistically this makes sense, but can 
anyone speak to this from their experience? The "many small files" 
scenario I'm talking about is a few hundred files in a single download 
sequence, with most files in the under-1mb category except for a few 
.mov files that are typically 5 to 70mb each.

I'm trying to decide if it's worth the effort to add server-side 
scripting that zips the smaller files into larger clumps before downloading.

Thanks for your feedback! I'm using libUrlVersion 1.1.6.
Phil Davis

PDS Labs
Professional Software Development

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