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Matts (1087)

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I work for MessageLabs [] in Toronto, ON, Canada. I write spam filters, MTA software, high performance network software, string matching algorithms, and other cool stuff mostly in Perl and C.

Journal of Matts (1087)

Tuesday September 30, 2003
02:17 PM

mod_proxy silliness

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So while benchmarking our web server farm today I found out something really odd. In a mod_proxy (or mod_rewrite with proxy) setup with a backend suite of mod_perl servers where you specify the backends by IP (I'm using mod_rewrite for this, but it doesn't make any difference), mod_proxy does a reverse lookup on the IP for each and every request.

I have no idea why it does this. But Red Hat's own copy of mod_proxy is patched to not do that.

The work around I've found is to put all hosts in /etc/hosts, and revert to using host names. This prevents the DNS traffic at least.

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