Bug#595820: ITP: woof -- A small, simple, stupid webserver to share files
I've been using woof for quite a bit of time now, and I find it very useful.
It's not meant as a substitute for a full-fledged webserver, it's a tool
to transfer files to/from other computers and devices.
I find it quite handy and simple, and I don't know of any other tool
with a comparable feature set for this particular task (though of course
there may be one I don't know).
This is a list of features that differentiate it from other solutions,
- No special software needed on the client side, a browser suffices (as
opposed to scp or FTP);
- No configuration needed;
- Always-off functioning: the web server starts when invoked and stops
after one (or more) transfers;
- No directory layout requirement, can serve from anywhere in the file
- Simple command line: woof file
- Serves tar archives of directories (no need to archive the files in
- Can be used for receiving files (again, only web browser needed on the
Clearly a "real" web server is not a substitute for this usage.
Woof is also easier to use and more powerful than SimpleHTTPServer. I
don't know whether there are other packages that already subsume woof