[Twisted-Python] re: Congrats / a little newbie confusion

Peter Hansen peter at engcorp.com
Fri Apr 4 14:08:06 EST 2003

Jeffrey Mathews wrote:
> As for Peter's question about the need for a CGI.FieldStorage type api, it's
> really only an issue when you're doing huge multipart mime posts (e.g., file
> uploads).  The idea of passing around those results (potentially multi
> megabyte) as strings is kind of frightening.  That said, I have no grasp on
> what issues are raised when handling these things asynchronously (the cgi
> module is all synchronous).

What is it about passing around multi-megabyte data as strings that scares
you?  The data is only needed temporarily, I would think, until it is written
to a file.  Servers have gobs of memory, and massive file uploads are 
rare... or if they're not, surely the server can have adequate capacity
to handle the load (memory-wise).

Maybe I'm too naive, but unless I was expecting, say, greater than 10MB
or 20MB files on a regular basis, I wouldn't think twice about just using
strings.  Much simpler than trying to juggle temporary files and references
to them and removing them when appropriate etc.

Is your concern a case of premature optimization?


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