httpd-users mailing list archives

Site index · List index
Message view « Date » · « Thread »
Top « Date » · « Thread »
From Romain De Rasse <>
Subject Re: RE: [users@httpd] multipath proxy chaining (failover)
Date Tue, 02 Feb 2010 16:08:43 GMT

thank you for your answer.

I read some docs, made some tests and I don't think I will succeed using ProxyPass and the

To be more specific, here is the original architecture, which is OK :
Web clients have a proxy configured in their browser : IP1 port 999.
The first Apache proxy (with IP address IP1) listens on port 999 and has a ProxyRemote configuration
("ProxyRemote * http://IP2:999"),
The second Apache proxy in the chain (with IP address IP2) is the las proxy in the chain,
so he performs the DNS request on behalf of the client and reaches the web server.

I don't use any Reverse Proxy fonctionnality, and I try to provide failover for the second
Apache proxy in the chain with IP address IP2.

I tried this configuration for the first proxy in the chain (IP1) :
"ProxyRemote * http://FQDN:999"
resolving "FQDN" with 2 IP addresses, always in the same order (IP2 then the IP of the new
proxy used for failover).
Unfortunately this is too slow if the first address become unreachable.

It seems that Apache is not designed to do what I try to do. I keep searching.



 Date du message : févr. 02 2010, 10:57 AM
 De : "Emmanuel Bailleul" <>
 A : "" <>
 Copie : 
 Sujet : RE: [users@httpd] multipath proxy chaining (failover)
 > -----Message d'origine-----
 > De : Romain De Rasse []
 > Envoyé : mardi 2 février 2010 10:26
 > À :
 > Objet : [users@httpd] multipath proxy chaining (failover)
 > Hi,
 > I use the ProxyRemote Directive from the mod_proxy module.
 > I try to do multipath proxy chaining.
 > I mean :
 > ProxyRemote *
 > ProxyRemote *
 > The desired effect is that Apache firstly tries the proxy ""
 > and forward the request to this proxy if he is available.
 > If this proxy is down, then I'd like Apache to try the second proxy
 > (, so the path to the web server would be different
 > (failover in case of a dead proxy).
 > At this time I didn't succeed ;if the first proxy is down then the
 > connection fails.
 > Does someone have already succeeded in doing such a thing ?
 > regards,
 > Romain
 The 'ProxyRemote' directive does not seem to handle failover on its own, as per

 Depending on the config of your Apache server (in particular if you use it for other purposes
-ie reverse proxy), you could maybe use a "balancer setup" with two members, the latter being
configured as 'hot-standby' (?). See
in the same doc for an sample config.
 If your goal is only to perform failover of proxy servers, you may also use other "failover"
techniques and/or softwares, for ex. : LVS, haproxy, ... 

Romain De Rasse 
Atos Origin Infogérance 
Workplace et Communications Services
Tour Horizon 
64 rue du 8 Mai 1945 
92025 Nanterre Cedex

The official User-To-User support forum of the Apache HTTP Server Project.
See <URL:> for more info.
To unsubscribe, e-mail:
   "   from the digest:
For additional commands, e-mail:

View raw message