[icecast] a new directory service

Jack Moffitt jack at xiph.org
Thu Oct 18 02:25:59 UTC 2001

I am not averse to making time-dependent information available.  But it
does not fit in this model.

We have to change the model to accomodate time-dependent information,
and I'm not willing to use the model that has been use in the past,
which was to treat both types of information as identical and just
accept all the inconsistencies and problems.

And easy solution is to let clients query for this data from the server.

It solves the problem (access to the time-dependent information) and
makes sure that the information is always accurate.

> I also don't like the idea of a client sending out 100 requests to all
> listed servers to say, "Hey, what are you playing".  Flashbacks from
> RadioSpy...

RadioSpy suffered from many problems unrelated to this model of doing
things.  What we're doing is not exactly the same.

That being said, let's disucss the pros and cons.  What is your
objection to making the server responsible for time-dependent data?


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