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From Chuck Murcko <>
Subject Re: AOL, BrowserMatch, allow/deny
Date Tue, 24 Dec 1996 17:44:30 GMT
Randy Terbush liltingly intones:
> > Am I missing something here? Surely AOL doesn't cache multiple copies of the
> > same response (except on separate proxy machines, perhaps), and they *should*
> > be checking the origin server to see if the response has been updated before
> > replying with the cached copy, no?
> > 
> > Our testing showed we could get to our sites immediately from AOL after the
> > patch was applied, from accounts that were only getting the error message
> > before that.
> That's not what I found. Seemed that the error message was cached, and
> _nothing_ could get the proxy to retry the URL. By request a document
> using content_neg, it was possible to cause their cache to flush if
> an expire was included with the negotiated document. In many cases,
> we simply had to wait out their cache to get them to retry and thus
> get the HTTP/1.0 response.
Strange. AOL 3.0 clients from all our test accounts started working
immediately. AOL 2.5 clients, however, did not.

Are there possibly two different proxy behaviors in play here?

Chuck Murcko	N2K Inc.	Wayne PA
And now, on a lighter note:
Job Placement, n.:
	Telling your boss what he can do with your job.

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