Re: keepalives and proxies: a request and a proposal

> I'm all for addition of Proxy-Connection: keep-alive to the spec; more
> specifically:

In a word, NO.  It does not adequately take into account the presence
of hierarchical proxies, nor does it help with gateways.  The only
way to differentiate communication capabilities is through the 
protocol name + version number, since that is the only feature
that cannot be passed on by a proxy.  Things will improve with HTTP/1.1
in terms of communication rules, but we are not going to add another
proxy header hack when it won't be sufficient anyway.

 ...Roy T. Fielding
    Department of Information & Computer Science    (
    University of California, Irvine, CA 92717-3425    fax:+1(714)824-4056

Received on Friday, 17 November 1995 14:00:43 UTC