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From Jan Kaluža <>
Subject Re: [PATCH] Fix settings options with ProxyPassMatch
Date Tue, 22 Apr 2014 13:39:53 GMT
Hi again,

the patch has been here for some time already. I hesitate to commit it 
to trunk without any review, because it changes the core code in 
mod_proxy and I'm afraid that there could exist more corner-cases I'm 
not aware of.

On the other side (and to motivate someone with deeper knowledge of 
mod_proxy :) ), it would be great to have UDS support also for 
ProxyPassMatch and fix some old bugs related to setting options together 
with ProxyPassMatch (like PR 43513 and PR 54973).

So, anyone who would have time to review this patch, please? :)

Jan Kaluza

On 04/10/2014 10:25 AM, Jan Kaluža wrote:
> Hi,
> can you please check the attached patch? I think it should be closer to
> the proper way how to fix this than the previous one.
> It works properly for me even for URLs with '*' and '?'.
> Regards,
> Jan Kaluza
> On 03/21/2014 03:27 PM, Yann Ylavic wrote:
>> Yes, selecting the right worker is all in ap_proxy_get_worker(), but
>> probably also add_pass() and proxysection() would need something like
>> ap_proxy_define_wildcard_worker() to register this kind of worker
>> (save the original name, ...).
>> On Fri, Mar 21, 2014 at 3:15 PM, Jim Jagielski <> wrote:
>>> Just a thought, but wouldn't the better place to "fix" this
>>> be in ap_proxy_get_worker()??
>>> On Mar 21, 2014, at 9:13 AM, Yann Ylavic <> wrote:
>>>> oups, sorry for the numbering.
>>>> On Fri, Mar 21, 2014 at 2:11 PM, Yann Ylavic <>
>>>> wrote:
>>>>> On Wed, Mar 19, 2014 at 9:59 AM, Jan Kaluža <>
>>>>> wrote:
>>>>>> On 03/18/2014 02:46 PM, Yann Ylavic wrote:
>>>>>>> On Tue, Mar 18, 2014 at 2:38 PM, Yann Ylavic
>>>>>>> <> wrote:
>>>>>>>> Wouldn't it be possible to define wildcard workers when the
URL is
>>>>>>>> known to be a regexp substitution?
>>>>>>>> For these workers' URLs, the dollars (plus the following
>>>>>>>> could
>>>>>>>> be replaced by a wildcard (ie. *) and ap_proxy_get_worker()
>>>>>>>> could then
>>>>>>>> use ap_strcasecmp_match() against the requested URL.
>>>>>>> I meant ap_strcmp_match(), this has to be case sensitive...
>>>>>> I've implemented your idea. Can you check the attached patch
>>>>>> please? It
>>>>>> fixes the original PR and also ProxyPassMatch with UDS for me.
>>>>>> If it's OK, I will commit it.
>>>>> I took a deeper look into this but I'm afraid it is a more complex
>>>>> story actually...
>>>>> 1. Workers can be defined in <Proxy[Match] ...> sections too.
>>>>> The same should probably be done in proxysection().
>>>>> 2. Both '*' and '?' are legitimate URL chars.
>>>>> We need a way to escape the original ones in the configured worker's
>>>>> URL, but ap_strcmp_match doesn't handle (un)escaping.
>>>>> So maybe new ap_matchexp_[un]escape() and ap_str[case]cmp_ematch()
>>>>> functions should be implemented.
>>>>> 5. When no $ is used in the worker's URL, an implicit $1 is appended
>>>>> by proxy_trans().
>>>>> Hence
>>>>>    ProxyPassMatch /some/path/with(/capture)
>>>>> is equivalent to
>>>>>    ProxyPassMatch /some/path/with(/capture)$1
>>>>> So an implicit '*' should be appended to the worker's wildcard URL in
>>>>> the first case (maybe only when the match has a capture but this is
>>>>> just an optimization, * would match empty).
>>>>> 3. I think we should mark the worker as wildcard when it is defined by
>>>>> ProxyPassMatch or a <ProxyMatch> section.
>>>>> So that ap_proxy_get_worker() won't use the costly ap_strcmp_match()
>>>>> for "normal" workers, and won't either trigger false positives due to
>>>>> '*' or '?' in the configured URL (which is not escaped).
>>>>> 4. What about the same URL used both with ProxyPass and
>>>>> ProxyPassMatch, same worker or different ones?
>>>>> IMHO, they should be different workers, and by rewritting the URL to
>>>>> wildcard one as done in the patch they will be, but we lose the
>>>>> configured name, and eg. the balancer-manager's param "w" would now
>>>>> work only with the rewritten name (which is, at least, non intuitive).
>>>>> A new balancer-manager's param could be added to access wildcard
>>>>> workers (eg. "ww"), since they are different they may be accessed
>>>>> separately, hence I think we need to save the original URL for such
>>>>> case(s).
>>>>> So maybe for point 2.'s mark we could use the configured (original)
>>>>> URL as a new member of the proxy_worker struct (I don't see any reason
>>>>> for it to be shared in proxy_worker_shared but one may object...).
>>>>> This new field would be NULL for "normal" workers.
>>>>> 5. What about wildcard balancers (ProxyPassMatch /foo(/.*)
>>>>> balancer://mycluster/bar$1)?
>>>>> Since the balancers are registered/selected solely by their names
>>>>> (path and everything after is ignored), and then their workers are
>>>>> selected according to the balancer's method (the path still does not
>>>>> matter), I think there is no matching issue here (the requested path,
>>>>> eventually rewritten by proxy_trans(), will finally be appended to the
>>>>> worker's URL as is).
>>>>> Hence the same balancer's URL used both in ProxyPass and
>>>>> ProxyPassMatch can refer to the same balancer (IMHO).
>>>>> Nothing to be done therefore, but I may be missing something...
>>>>> 6. ProxyPassReverseMatch would be welcome too, but that's probably
>>>>> another story...
>>>>> Regards,
>>>>> Yann.

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