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From Jignesh Badani <>
Subject [users@httpd] Dynamic refreshing of Proxy Rules
Date Fri, 24 Jun 2005 00:36:48 GMT
I have been using mod_proxy since the 1.3x version and am yet to see this 
feature implemented in Apache. Why is it so difficult ?

We often expose new backend applications, scripts. content on a daily 
basis and it is a pain to remind myself to bounce the server late in the 
evening and test to make sure the changes went it successfully.

It would be nice to have Apache reload proxy rules at regular 
(configurable) intervals w/o the need to bounce the webserver.

Another thing, I desire in mod_proxy is the ability to specify a Failover 
backend (remote) host, in case one host does not respond or is too busy. 
Ideally it would  be great to have some kind of load-balancing proxy (with 
failover) solution so that we do not have to rely on external 

PS: I was excited to see "mod_proxy_balancer" module in Apache 2.1/2.2 
specs, but the excitement only lasted a while as it does not do what the 
name suggest and as I explained above. It is load balancing amongst the 
worker threads for proxying. Just wonder how is it handled in the current 
version of Apache2,0,5x. Correct me if I am wrong !

BTW, where do we request enhancements in Apache2 ?!

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