An NFS vs HTTP query

Ehud Shapiro (
Fri, 26 Nov 93 12:11:00 IST

If an http URL is pointing to a file that is accessible via
NFS (i.e. the file resides in a directory mounted by the client),
then in principle the client can read the file directly from the file
system rather than go via HTTP to the server, essentially
treating the URL as if it was of type "file:" rather than "http:".

Has anyone considered this shortcut? What problems can it
cause (e.g. incorrect interpretation of file type)?
Is there any performance advantage?

-- Udi