[Theora-dev] Live HTTP streaming of Theora files

David Barrett dbarrett at quinthar.com
Wed Nov 2 09:40:18 PST 2005

On Wed, 2 Nov 2005 8:14 am, Mat wrote:
> In you experience, what is a good solution for HTTP live streaming (for 
> the server resources point of view...) ?

It really seems like some Apache mod (call it "mod_tail") would do the 
trick: have one app (any app) just record live audio/video to a file (in 
any format), and have mod_tail stream out the tail to anyone who 

So it'd be just like "tail -f <filename>", where every incoming 
connection starts at the end of the file at the time it connects.

There might need be some kind of header caching...  But that's the 
overall idea.

Does anything like this exist?  Why did Icecast go the route of creating 
a standalone server rather than extending Apache?


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