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From Ryan Bloom <>
Subject Re: CL for Proxy Requests
Date Fri, 30 Nov 2001 18:43:06 GMT
On Friday 30 November 2001 10:34 am, Ian Holsman wrote:
> Ryan Bloom wrote:
> > On Friday 30 November 2001 10:24 am, Ian Holsman wrote:
> >>Ryan Bloom wrote:
> >>>On Friday 30 November 2001 09:55 am, Ian Holsman wrote:
> >>>>Ryan Bloom wrote:
> >>>>>On Friday 30 November 2001 03:42 am, Eli Marmor wrote:
> >>>>>>Chuck Murcko wrote:
> >>>>>>>Also if the proxy is dechunking on its client side there
will be no
> >>>>>>> CL to send...
> >>>>>>
> >>>>>>This is obvious. But this is already included in the rule: "there
> >>>>>> no C-L when a filter that may change the size of the response
> >>>>>> onvolved"; After all, chunking is only a particular case of
> >>>>>> filter...
> >>>>>>
> >>>>>>I think that we should supply a way (for a programmer) to tell
> >>>>>>that a specific filter doesn't change the size of a response.
> >>>>>>doesn't change the size of specific reponses (using the contexts
> >>>>>>the conf, such as DIRECTORY, etc.). Or the hack that Ryan mentioned.
> >>>>>>Because while browsers must support responses without C-L, they
> >>>>>> depend on it for some purposes (e.g. the % of download of a
> >>>>>>
> >>>>>>Especially in proxies, where the backend site is not aware that
> >>>>>> C-L is removed by a proxy in the middle.
> >>>>>
> >>>>>The hack is easy to add, and it is safer, I'll try to get to it this
> >>>>>weekend if nobody beats me to it.
> >>>>
> >>>>I think whats missing is the ability to add a filter on proxied
> >>>> requests. something like ProxyAddOutputFilter/ProxyAddInputFilter
> >>>
> >>>You can do that with the regular AddOutputFilter command in the
> >>><proxy > block.  I have done this before.
> >>
> >>not for reverse proxies
> >>as you don't specify a proxy block.
> >
> > Yeah, but even then, you should be able to use a Location block to add a
> > filter for that URL.
> OK.. now I understand the confusion.
> I'm talking about adding filters to the actual call made to the other
> server. (eg from web server to app) not from client to webserver.

Yeah, but that is one of the problems with the proxy right now.  It doesn't use
the correct mechanisms for creating the backend request.  If you remember,
Danny Lopez asked for this ability a while ago, and we didn't implement it.
In fact, I modified the proxy to use a hook for creating the request, which
allows modules to insert their filters.  This would have allowed a module
to hook the create_poxy_request, and add their own filters, but the proxy
doesn't use the filters correctly.


Ryan Bloom
Covalent Technologies

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