Steve Sobol sjsobol at
Fri May 25 22:12:30 UTC 2001

Craig Partridge wrote:

> It is worth remembering that SMTP is, in most respects, simply FTP reworked.
> In many ways, HTTP is FTP badly reinvented.
> 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
> true for HTTP though I've not looked.

Perhaps there is no inherent difference in throughput, but the files are
necessarily larger when sent through e-mail, as they must be base64

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