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Re: keepalives and proxies: a request and a proposal

From: Lorenzo Vicisano <vicisano@iet.unipi.it>
Date: Fri, 17 Nov 1995 22:08:30 +0000 ()
To: Ari Luotonen <luotonen@netscape.com>
Cc: http-wg mailing list <http-wg%cuckoo.hpl.hp.com@hplb.hpl.hp.com>, luigi@iet.unipi.it
Message-Id: <Pine.BSF.3.91.951117212247.5327A-100000@alex.iet.unipi.it>
> I'm all for addition of Proxy-Connection: keep-alive to the spec; more
> specifically:
>  - if there are no proxies involved, everything's normal
>  - if the client talks to a proxy, it *never* sends a Connection: keep-alive
>  - if the client talks to a proxy and wants a persistent connection,
>    it will send Proxy-Connection: keep-alive; the proxy can still
>    respond with Connection: keep-alive
>  - a proxy can now independently support Connection: keep-alive
>    between itself and the servers, and itself and the client
>  - the proxy will intercept a Connection: keep-alive received from a
>    remote, as it is a reaction to the Connection: keep-alive sent by
>    itself, and should not be forwarded to the client
>  - a proxy will generate a new Connection: keep-alive to the client as
>    a response to Proxy-Connection: keep-alive
> This way, there is never a case where a client talking to an old proxy
> server would fool it to forward the Connection: keep-alive to the
> remote, and then the remote would respond with it, but the proxy would
> close the connection in between.

It still does not work with the following (chained-Proxies) configuration: 

     (C) <--------> (P1) <--------> (P2) <--------> (S)
      ^     co1      ^      co2      ^      co3      ^
      |              |               |               |
     NEW            OLD             NEW              ?
 - `C' sends `Proxy-Connection: keep-alive' to `P1' 
 - `P1' is not compliant and ignores that header field forwarding
    it to `P2'
 - `P2', receiving `Proxy-Connection: keep-alive', supposes to talk
    to a compliant client and decides to keep alive `co2' connection,
    whereas `P1' is waiting P2 to close connection after its response.

The `Connection: Keep-Alive my-name' solution allows each compliant
proxy to realize whether is talking to a compliant proxy/client or not.


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Received on Friday, 17 November 1995 13:19:42 UTC

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