January 17, 2021

Can someone explain servers to me?

A “server” is any program that accepts commands or requests from another program and responds with data or actions.

A web server is, in essence, sent a line of text that asks for a file from a specific directory, and it sends that back.

The Client is the program than makes the requests and uses the replies.

eg. Search this on Google:

“simple web server tiny.c”

You should get a result from the site cs.cmu.edu – that page has the C source for a minimal but working web server.  All in one not too large page.

A database server takes a request for a data record.

An email server takes command to list the emails a user has and send whichever are requested; plus talking to other email servers as either client or server, depending which starts the connection.

A “server” computer is just one that is dedicated to running some server programs.

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