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From Bruce Hodo <>
Subject [users@httpd] Apache 2.0-Mongrel Proxy problems
Date Sun, 30 Sep 2007 21:42:17 GMT
I've been trying to resolve this for over 2 weeks, but no one seems to 
be able to tell me what's wrong. Maybe you folks can help me.
(this is a copy of a post I made on a Usenet alt.apache.configuration, 
with no responses)

I'm running Ubuntu 6.06LTS, Apache 2.0.55, and WebMin 1.36. I've been
trying to set up static content with server-side includes to be
delivered by Apache, but reverse proxying for Rails application
reqeusts on a local (soon to be remote) Mongrel server at port 8000. I
also wanted to have any request that is received without a specific
file to be redirected to index.shtml.

I've been able to get everything running EXCEPT the reverse proxy with
the following config:

         ServerAdmin webmaster@localhost
         DocumentRoot /var/www/rails/myapp/public
         ErrorLog /var/www/myapp/log/apache2.log

         RewriteMap  railservers rnd:/var/www/rails/map.txt
         <Directory /var/www/rails/myapp/public/>
         Options FollowSymLinks +Includes +ExecCGI
         AllowOverride None
                 Order allow,deny
                 Allow from all
                 RewriteEngine On
                 RewriteRule ^$ index.shtml [QSA]
(.*)" "$0" [L]
                 RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
                 RewriteRule ^/(.*)$ http://localhost:8000/$1 [P,L]
         RewriteLog "/var/www/myapp/log/rewrite.log"
         RewriteLogLevel 0
         #placed in global parameter file

         # Avoid open server to proxying
         ProxyRequests Off
         # Pass other requests to mongrel instance
         #ProxyPass / http://localhost:8000/
         # Enable reverse proxying
         ProxyPassReverse / http://localhost:8000/
         # Let apache pass the original host not the ProxyPass one
         ProxyPreserveHost On

         AddType text/html .shtml
         AddOutputFilter INCLUDES .shtml

         LogLevel debug

         CustomLog /var/log/apache2/access.log "combined"
         ServerSignature On

I have a RewriteMap defined to allow me to set up a cluster of
Mongrels once I get one working, since 2.0 doesn't have the balancer

Webmin puts the proxy config in a separate file called proxy.conf
which contains:

<IfModule mod_proxy.c>

         #turning ProxyRequests on and allowing proxying from all may
         #spammers to use your proxy to send email.

         ProxyRequests Off

         <Proxy *>
                 Order deny,allow
                 #Deny from all
                 Allow from all

         # Enable/disable the handling of HTTP/1.1 "Via:" headers.
         # ("Full" adds the server version; "Block" removes all outgoing 
         # Set to one of: Off | On | Full | Block

         ProxyVia Off

         # To enable the cache as well, edit and uncomment the following
         # (no cacheing without CacheRoot)

         CacheRoot "/var/cache/apache2/proxy"
         CacheSize 5
         CacheGcInterval 4
         CacheMaxExpire 24
         CacheLastModifiedFactor 0.1
         CacheDefaultExpire 1
         # Again, you probably should change this.


I've tried several things:
-put the rewriteengine on directive outside of the directory block: I
was unable to access any page that wasn't specifically requested.

-defined "ProxyPass / http://localhost:8000/": was unable to access
anything (no permission to access) even though permissions are set to

-turned on rewritelog. here are the results for a
(3)  add path info postfix: /var/www/rails/myapp/public/state -> /var/
(3)  strip per-dir prefix: /var/www/rails/myapp/public/state/list ->
(3)  applying pattern '^$' to uri 'state/list'
(3)  add path info postfix: /var/www/rails/myapp/public/state -> /var/
(3)  strip per-dir prefix: /var/www/rails/myapp/public/state/list ->
(3)  applying pattern '^/(images|stylesheets|javascripts|pictures|
graphics)/?(.*)' to uri 'state/list'
(3)  add path info postfix: /var/www/rails/myapp/public/state -> /var/
(3)  strip per-dir prefix: /var/www/rails/myapp/public/state/list ->
(3)  applying pattern '^/(.*)$' to uri 'state/list'
(1)  pass through /var/www/rails/myapp/public/state

It seems that the rewrite is working up to the rewritecond statement.
It parses the statement pattern correctly, but the file state/list
does not exist, so the condition "!-f" should pass the request to
Mongrel, but it seems to pass it to Apache, who doesn't find the file
"state/list" and gives a 404 error, unless I'm reading the logs wrong!
I wish I had detailed instructions on how to read a rewritelog and
what the codes mean. I haven't been able to find them anywhere.

The proxy modules are loaded, so there must be something else I'm not
doing. I've been working on this for 2 weeks. Any suggestions will be

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