HTTP/1.1 Proxies and Connection:Keep-Alive

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


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

My question, is why does it matter. The proxy will just relay whatever comes from actual server to client.


Received on Tuesday, 26 November 2002 10:59:25 UTC