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From: Jan P Tietze <jptietze () netheads de>
Date: Fri, 25 May 2001 15:31:12 +0200

Craig Partridge wrote:

Part of this discussion is just plain bizarre.

It is worth remembering that SMTP is, in most respects, simply FTP reworked.
In many ways, HTTP is FTP badly reinvented.

I disagree - HTTP is more firewall/NAT friendly, and has no active/passive mode.

But for a little extra SMTP handshaking at the start, there is no efficiency
difference in transfer rate between SMTP and FTP.  Probably the same is

No, there is overhead in encoding of binary data for transmission by SMTP.

true for HTTP though I've not looked.


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