[erlang-questions] Static files served through Webmachine

Garrett Smith g@REDACTED
Tue Jul 19 18:47:10 CEST 2011

If you're already using Nginx and just want control over URLs, you
have access to the standard rewrite module:


This is not 30x redirection btw, unless of course you want that.

On Tue, Jul 19, 2011 at 9:24 AM, Tristan Sloughter
<tristan.sloughter@REDACTED> wrote:
> Sam, Jesper both these sound great, thanks! I'm also going to look into what
> Jack was saying about how Rails handles some stuff.
> But I'm leaning towards Jesper's idea with Varnish being the best... I'm one
> of those people who scoff at most benchmarks so not sure I'll bother to do
> one for this, but maybe, if someone here can A) suggest the best setup for
> it B) if it makes sense at all or would just be another worthless benchmark
> that really gives no information about reality.
> Thanks!
> Tristan
> On Tue, Jul 19, 2011 at 7:00 AM, Jesper Louis Andersen
> <jesper.louis.andersen@REDACTED> wrote:
>> On Tue, Jul 19, 2011 at 03:27, Tristan Sloughter
>> <tristan.sloughter@REDACTED> wrote:
>> > Can anyone think of a way I can keep the nice URLs and serve the static
>> > html
>> > files through nginx or another webserver.
>> Put a Varnish accelerator in front of your system
>> (https://www.varnish-cache.org/). That way, it doesn't matter if your
>> backend is slow at serving files as the accelerator will just cache
>> static stuff for you. In addition, you avoid the trouble of going
>> through another system as a proxy for static content. Also, the
>> solution is quite modular. On the development system, you don't need
>> more than a single system running Erlang.
>> In my opinion, there is little reason not to plug into the whole
>> industry there is where the main point is to make serving HTTP go
>> faster. Trying to beat that with Erlang is probably possible, but I
>> don't think it is beneficial. Varnish is really really hard to beat.
>> It is built specifically for being insanely fast and it serves its
>> data from a shared mmap()'ing, scales to multiple CPUs and is a big
>> blob of nasty C code. I'd rather stand on the shoulders here than
>> trying to mess with it myself.
>> --
>> J.
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