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RE: http proxy & tunnel differences ??

From: Scott Lawrence <lawrence@agranat.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Oct 1999 09:27:25 -0400
To: Vinit Kumar <kumar_vinit@hotmail.com>, http-wg@hplb.hpl.hp.com
Message-ID: <001401bf1fb5$d7756580$954768c0@oyster.agranat.com>
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> From: Vinit Kumar
> To: http-wg@hplb.hpl.hp.com
> Subject: http proxy & tunnel differences ??

> A proxy works by taking a request from a client and
> connecting to the origin
> server indicated in the request.  Here the client is configured to go
> through the proxy.

Actually, the client may or may not know about the proxy.

> How does a http tunnel work. Is the initial connection similar ?
> Does a client (browser) need to configured differently when
> it goes through
> a tunnel or is it same as the configuration required when it
> goes through
> the proxy ? Are there to separate tcp connections for each
> request even in a
> tunnel ?

The difference is in the behavior of the intermediate system (proxy or
tunnel).  A tunnel just forwards the request and the response
unmodified.  A proxy at least adds its own identification to a Via
header, and may also respond from a cache, require proxy authentication,
or any number of other proxy-specific functions.

Scott Lawrence           Director of R & D        <lawrence@agranat.com>
Agranat Systems, Inc.  Embedded Web Technology   http://www.agranat.com/
Received on Tuesday, 26 October 1999 06:33:02 UTC

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