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Software News   Software News : http-handler released for OS4
   posted by Chris_Y on 19-Feb-2006 18:29:01 (4161 reads)
http-handler is a virtual HTTP: device for OS4 to enable easy access of web-hosted files from Amiga applications.

For example, you can copy archives from Aminet using the "copy" command, unarchive archives with Unarc without downloading them first, and view PDFs directly from the web very slowly, just like the Adobe plugin for Windows browsers


Features:
* Allows access to web-hosted files via a virtual HTTP: device.
* Supports Open(), Read(), Close() and Seek().
* Implements HTTP redirects (301,302) as soft-links - even works with redirects that point to local files.
* Optionally supports gzip and deflate content-encoding for faster download times, if z.library is installed.
* Will work through a (non-authenticating) proxy server.
* Can connect to HTTP services running on ports other than the default.

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Re: http-handler released for OS4
Posted on 20-Feb-2006 2:23:24
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@Chris_Y:

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Is there a public WebDAV resource where I could test this should I decide to implement it?

Germany's biggest email provider offers a free acount with 1 gig storage space for mails and files. The files section can be handled through WebDAV and a very comfortable Web interface (the latter doesn't work with Amiga browsers though). I could create an account for you, but first I'd have to check if they're offering an english interface.

But as long as I'm the only one interested in it, it's probably not worth implementing it.

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Re: http-handler released for OS4
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Perfect. Great news.


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Re: http-handler released for OS4
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yes, looks great, thanks you for this chris_y :)

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Re: http-handler released for OS4
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IBrowse and AmiPDF:

http://os4.exec.pl/programy/http-handler/screenshots/http-handler-ib_and_pdf.jpg


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Re: http-handler released for OS4
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This sounds like a brilliant idea. You could do some really funky things with it. For example, you could modify the local files for your website, and then using (say) my FolderSync program (old version on Aminet) to automatically update the files on your real web site!

I hope to try it out some time. BTW, MountFTP has (IIRC) some major limitations on what FTP sites it can mount (passive/active?), which prevented me from using it to backup my Psion (running an FTP server) by FTP.


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Re: http-handler released for OS4
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Germany's biggest email provider offers a free acount with 1 gig storage space for mails and files. The files section can be handled through WebDAV and a very comfortable Web interface (the latter doesn't work with Amiga browsers though). I could create an account for you, but first I'd have to check if they're offering an english interface.

But as long as I'm the only one interested in it, it's probably not worth implementing it.


I'd also be interested in a WebDAV client for AmigaOS as well!!

Regards


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Re: http-handler released for OS4
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Thats pretty cool.


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So that was what you were up to

I'd better upload a z.library without the startup delays then


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Re: http-handler released for OS4
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@ChrisH

Forgot to tell you, FolderSync doesn't seem to work at all with OS4, and it doesn't work with FTPMount either (as discussed previously). I have a little script - on Aminet somewhere, but curiously not in my software database - which uploads files that have changed using FTPMount. You can't do this through HTTP generally (although WebDAV would probably do it).

@offa



@WebDAV peeps

New thread and poll here to gauge interest.

This little project of mine has turned out to be more popular than I expected.

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Re: http-handler released for OS4
Posted on 20-Feb-2006 21:24:09
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Nice work Chris


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You can't do this through HTTP generally

Doh! I got carried away trying to think of a cool example quickly. But it could still be used by something like GetAllHTML (rewriting it should be childs play, if anyone wants to have a go).

Quote:
Forgot to tell you, FolderSync doesn't seem to work at all with OS4

I'm not so sure about the old Aminet version, but it ought to - it's completely system legal. Unless AmigaE compiled code doesn't work on OS4?


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Chris_Y this is just a brilliant approach to things.

I have been trying to get a site mounted in Amifile or even on the desktop without luck (fine through shell by the way).

Is there a trick? Or could there be way to do this in the future?

I love the idea as 40% of my net time is simply looking to see if something has been updated, or downloading rather than browsing, and this is just perfect for some of this.

Wedll done and amazed - many thanks.


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@GregS

No, you can't do it. AmigaOS uses the commands Lock() and Examine() to determine whether something is a directory or a file, so this is a prerequisite for getting http-handler to work as a filesystem.

Unfortunately, every component of a path in a URL can be treated as a file. While I have no way of telling whether something is supposed to be treated as a directory or a file, there is no way of giving the correct information to Examine(), and file browsing will not work.

Oh, and there is no way to get a list of files in a directory over HTTP, so such a feature will have limited use anyway.

Chris

Last edited by Chris_Y on 23-Feb-2006 at 08:22 AM.


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