web proxy autodiscovery

Kragen Sitaker (kragen@pobox.com)
Thu, 17 Dec 1998 11:30:10 -0500 (EST)

Internet draft on web-proxy autodiscovery:

What do you folks think about this?

It incorrectly states, "There currently is no effective method for
these organizations to realize the obvious benefits of web caching
without tedious and error-prone configuration by each and every
end-user". My NSP, Digex, has done exactly that -- by redirecting
outgoing port-80 packets to their transparent cache.

I remember Rohit thinks this is evil. I'd like to hear why.

(I don't think it's that great myself, but I'm not sure why. Digex is
already an SPOF for my web-browsing -- if their routing dies, I can't
browse the web -- so this doesn't make that significantly worse. And
it appears that their cache system has sufficient capacity. The only
remaining bitches I have are that (a) I might use port 80 for something
else (doubtful) and (b) I can't tell what's wrong as exactly as I could

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