Reverse proxying with pound

April 3, 2010 at 1:15 pm Leave a comment

Reverse proxying is a technique where a we- server receives requests and then forwards them to other web-servers. If one is interested in performance it can be used for load balancing.

For more run-of-the-mill usage it can be used to combine together web services which work in disparate ways together. E.g. you might be using a python rpc services, django, perl, as well as an http server.

Reverse proxying is supported by apache, also many of the tasks that might otherwise be achieved by reverse proxying can be done in apache in process (e.g modpython, modphp etc) producing higher performace, but with an overhead in reading configuration files, head-scratching, looking for any form of logging and cursing violently.

Pounds is a light weight reverse proxy, which functions only as a web proxy. It seems to be *very* simple to configure – it probably just took me less than 5 minutes to get it working – whilst I suspect getting this working in apache would have taken considerably longer.

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