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    But the whole value of SimpleHTTPServer is its ubiquity.

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      And if you need speed and are someone with go installed, you could write a one line main anyway:

      http.ListenAndServe(":80", http.FileServer(http.Dir(".")))

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        In that case I can just run an nginx though.

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          That’s absolutely true. I would run nginx or a one line main before I would clone a repo, build it, and so on.

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            If you have the go toolchain installed, this is a single ‘go get’ and you have it in your path forever. I found it particularly useful for looking at python coverage results on a headless machine. SimpleHTTPServer simply couldn’t serve the page as it had too many subcomponents; serve-dir served it up in milliseconds. nginx requires writing a config, setting it up as a daemon, and likely running via sudo (or figuring out some way to redirect the logging to non-root locations).

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              All my bet is that native http.FileServer of golang is cache aware which is not the case of SimpleHTTPServer

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            It was simply faster for me to code one than find one on the interwebs.

            It seems he agrees :)

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              What’s funny is I found that line on the interwebs, it used to be an example on the net/http godoc.

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          I use http-server for this purpose. You install it with npm (Node) instead of go. It’s just as simple: http-server or http-server --help.