CBM network filestore

From: Richard Atkinson (rga24_at_hermes.cam.ac.uk)
Date: 2000-05-31 20:13:08

On Tue, 30 May 2000, Ojala Pasi 'Albert' wrote:

> Just put it into funet. One thing: the burst article uu-files
> have been messed up in the html->text->etc conversions. I fixed
> this in the funet version.

All this talk of CIA burst modes has reminded me of my CIA network
protocol. I've been thinking about how to serve http using Commodore
deviecs, and the best idea I came up with was a serial link between one
computer and a PC, and lot of CBM drives attached to that computer's
serial port. Then I thought of adding additional computers with drives
attached using the CIA shift registers on the serial port. Obviously this
restricts the speed of transfer between PC and the first computer to 2400
baud, since the Datapump circuit can't be used. However, perhaps a CMD
Swiftlink or similar UART cartridge would sort that out.

Anyway, for those that know Apache, how easy would it be to get Apache to
divert requests for a particular directory subtree
(eg. richard.com/sillystuff/cbm/) to another Linux application? This would
translate the request into a single file request (flat file structure,
possibly using a hashing algorithm) to be sent to the Commodore host over
RS232. The Commodore would then send the data back over RS232 (possibly
using its own 64K or 128K, or REU, as a cache) and the httpd would serve

I quite like the idea of offering web space 'hosted' on a C64 :)


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