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From Graham Leggett <>
Subject Re: Invitation to HTTPD commiters in tomcat-dev
Date Tue, 20 Jul 2004 17:43:56 GMT
Colm MacCarthaigh wrote:

> Using OPTIONS has the advantage of being backwards compatible, if you
> send OPTIONS to a plain-old HTTP receiver, the standard ACK can be
> taken to mean "yep, I'm here". Intelligent backends (read: modify
> tomcat and co slightly) can have an X-header or whatever to go
> "I'm accepting this, this and this, and my current load is this".

This makes sense - you would just need to tell proxy the possible 
servers, and an intelligent load balancer might try find out the current 
status of those servers based on querying options to find out on a 
regular basis.


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