very large data files

Sebastian Kügler sebas at
Fri Jul 11 16:07:13 BST 2008

On Friday 11 July 2008 16:57:14 Jason Harris wrote:
> On Fri, Jul 11, 2008 at 7:52 AM, Thiago Macieira <thiago at> wrote:
> > But you shouldn't be asking how big a file is for serving from our
> > servers. You should be asking how big a download can be before it's not
> > acceptable for users.
> >
> > I'd say 75 MB is at the limit already. Bigger than that and people will
> > not download it. You'd have to provide it in smaller chunks, to be
> > downloaded as needed.
> This wouldn't be a required download, but an extra add-on.  So only
> the people who wanted more than 100,000 stars would download it.
> Hence GHNS.
> Anyway, it sounds like there won't be a huge problem if I put up 32MB
> and 3GB files for download at

I'd expect the users who are into astronomy so much that they want that many 
stars will understand that they'll have to download large data sets. Putting a 
big red warning and explaining the gain should be fine then, no?
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