ietf-nntp "Common NNTP Extensions" document updated
Clive D.W. Feather
clive at demon.net
Mon Dec 1 01:38:27 PST 1997
Jeff Garzik said:
> Under the 'implementation issues' section, you should definitely add a
> section describing the disabling of the NEWNEWS command on many of the
> current news systems. On most systems, the NEWNEWS command imposes
> serious performance penalties, and running just a few NEWNEWS commands
> can easily bring a carefully-tuned system to its knees.
So those systems need fixing. I believe that our current view is that
NEWNEWS is preferred on our news implementation.
> Can NEWNEWS be considered deprecated? There are far better ways of
> determining the availability of new news within the current RFC 977
> protocol, not to mention the command NNTP extensions XHDR (to retrieve
> just the msg ids) or XOVER.
I can't see *any* better way using 977. On the contrary, NEWNEWS doesn't
require context to be kept at the server end.
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