Web caching liability
welty at wednesday.inet-solutions.net
Fri Jan 2 12:37:16 UTC 1998
Brian Horvitz wrote:
> Has anyone else exerienced problems with AOL's web proxy servers? We
> switched the IP address of a web site about 5 months ago, and we are still
> getting about 10,000 hits a day from AOL on the old address. We dropped a
> note to them a ways back but didn't get much of a response.
they've been problems for a long time; some of their proxy servers
hold cache data for far too long. i have some web discussion pages
that are effectively useless for aol subscribers because aol even
caches cgi generated stuff with obvious cgi related extensions like
".cgi" and ".pl".
they appear to have little organizational control over the software
running on their server farm, either for software versions or
configuration files; there are clearly several different variants of
sendmail running, in addition to several different versions of
their proxy software. it's kind of a mess, and they've never returned
any of my email notes.
Richard Welty Chief Internet Engineer, INet Solutions
welty at inet-solutions.net http://www.inet-solutions.net/~welty/
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