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0005131GNUnetotherpublic2018-06-07 23:35
Reporternikita Assigned ToChristian Grothoff  
PrioritynormalSeverityminorReproducibilityhave not tried
Status closedResolutionno change required 
Fixed in Version0.11.0pre66 
Summary0005131: look into GNU wget2 as a successor to our dependency on gnURL
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On 08/24/2017 10:31 AM, ng0 wrote:
> Hi everyone,
> With the release of 7.55.1-3 I am positive that I achieved one of the
> initial goals of gnURL: cURL and gnURL should be able to exist on one
> system (without the need for downstream packagers to apply further hacks).
> So, what's next?
> * New Features?
> Christian concluded the initial announcement post of gnURL with:
> "However, we're happy to add new features relating to this core
> subset and might be easier to convince than the cURL developers."
> So, what features would you like to see without introducing too
> much maintenance burden you have to debug? Is there anything
> cURL doesn't do you'd like to see or change?

Well, what I primarily had in mind was making curl pluggable. We should
dlopen() libraries that support protocols, both in terms of transport
protocol (HTTP/FTP/etc.) and crypto (OpenSSL/GnuTLS/etc.). That way,
libgnurl itself would not link against the world plus a kitchen sink,
but only against dependencies we actually need.

That said, with GNU (lib)wget2, there is a competitor for cURL (at least
the HTTP-part) on the horizon, and GNU wget2 is already working on using
GNU libmicrohttpd for their test suite, so I think we should take a
closer look at it to see if it might be a better alternative to cURL and
gnURL before investing significant efforts into gnURL.
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related to 0005084 assignedschanzen Make gnURL obsolete. 



2017-09-25 19:43

developer   ~0012435

Christian, can you expand on what would qualify wget2 as usable for us and how we can determine that it is? All I know right now is that wget2 is in early stages.

Christian Grothoff

2017-09-25 19:54

manager   ~0012436

I just checked, and OMG, what a header. wget2.h defines _a lot_, way more crazy than curl or MHD. That itself is not bad, but the current API has lots of _global_ state, which is terrible. So we ought to talk to them to see if there is a chance of them eliminating the global state (lots of options about the operation). Without that, I don't think it's realistic.

Christian Grothoff

2018-06-07 23:35

manager   ~0013029

Closing, as libwget2 is clearly inadequate for now.

Issue History

Date Modified Username Field Change
2017-08-27 18:18 nikita New Issue
2017-09-25 19:43 nikita Note Added: 0012435
2017-09-25 19:43 nikita Assigned To => Christian Grothoff
2017-09-25 19:43 nikita Status new => feedback
2017-09-25 19:54 Christian Grothoff Note Added: 0012436
2017-09-26 22:57 Christian Grothoff Relationship added related to 0005084
2018-06-07 23:35 Christian Grothoff Status feedback => closed
2018-06-07 23:35 Christian Grothoff Resolution open => no change required
2018-06-07 23:35 Christian Grothoff Fixed in Version => 0.11.0pre66
2018-06-07 23:35 Christian Grothoff Note Added: 0013029