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From "Boyle Owen" <Owen.Bo...@swx.com>
Subject RE: [users@httpd] Newbie Question - Redirect vs Proxy
Date Fri, 05 Mar 2004 08:06:25 GMT
> -----Original Message-----
> From: webwhiz@island.net [mailto:webwhiz@island.net]
> 
> Am forwarding a domain to the system by IP address, but am 
> unable to make it 
> reflect the address in the location window of the browser.  
> It reflects the forwarded 
> domain IP address.  What am I missing?

I detect a slight confusion about how the browser and server interact...
If I understand your post, you have one server and you want certain
requests to be served by another server. There are two ways to achieve
this:

1) Redirection: Server A receives the request and replies to the browser
with a 301 or 302 (Moved) response, telling the client to go to Server B
for the resource. The browser then makes a *second* request, directly to
Server B. Since this is a new request, the browser updates its location
window with the new URL. This seems to be what you have to the moment.
(See "Redirect" for details).

2) Proxying: Server A receives the request. A then makes a direct
request to Server B for the resource without saying anything to the
client. A receives the resource from B and then returns it directly to
the browser. Since the browser doesn't know that A got the data from B,
it does not update the location window. As far as the browser is
concerned, the data really are on Server A and all the proxying went on
behind the scenes. (See mod_proxy for details).

Caveat: It is also possible to run a proxy in redirect mode where it
*does* tell the client about the redirection but let's not worry about
that for the moment...

Does that shed any light on your problem?

Rgds,
Owen Boyle
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