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HTTP/1.1 Proxies and Connection:Keep-Alive

From: Diwakar Shetty <Diwakar.Shetty@oracle.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Nov 2002 21:29:20 +0530
Message-ID: <3DE39A58.9D7CB6AE@oracle.com>
To: www-talk@w3.org

Following is a para which i read in one book.
I could not understand it.
Could somebody please elaborate

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An HTTP/1.0 client could send a "Keep-Alive" header to a HTTP/1.1 proxy that did not understand "Connection" but might mistakenly forward it. If
the downstream connection also maintained a "Keep-Alive" connection, the proxy in the middle would never receive the closing of the response
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My question, is why does it matter. The proxy will just relay whatever comes from actual server to client.

Thanks
diwakar
Received on Tuesday, 26 November 2002 10:59:25 GMT

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