Has anyone had any success setting up a proxy server in front of a
Here's my scenario. I have a Subversion server on my LAN running
Apache/mod_dav_svn et al. This server is *NOT* going to be directly
hooked to the Internet (it's a Win2k box for one, and pretty critical to
the company). Currently it listens on port 80 on a dedicated IP address
.. No problems accessing internally.
http://svn.csl/svn/reposname/trunk/etc/etc/etc/ and all that.
Now the developers are clamouring for the remote access (refused for
VSS, promised by Subversion) to work. My preferred method is to give
them an Internet-accessible HTTPS version of SVN provided by a proxy
server (which must run on a Linux Debian box).
I only have one external IP address to play with, and several HTTPS
applications, so I either have to redirect via pattern matching on the
URL - ie https://xnet.cornerstone.co.nz/svn/... goes to the subversion
server, https://xnet.cornerstone.co.nz/otherapp/.. Goes to another web
server etc; Or I could give them a non-standard port ..
https://svn.cornerstone.co.nz:8080/ kind of thing. (Anyone wondering
at that, read up on the way HTTPS does not allow multiple server names
on the same port.)
OK.. I'm by no means finished playing with possibilities (more below)
but I am keen to get this working before Christmas <g> especially since
there are developers snapping at my heels that all want to work from
home over the break. And the easier the better.
Is there anyone out there that has got a proxy server working and what
did you use? There seem to be a variety of options:
- Apache in proxy mode (a bit complex and will it work?)
- Squid as an explicit proxy (ie configure svn client to use proxy
- ... Others? Stunnel? ...
I'm open to suggestions, but I am after working situations here. Maybe
this can turn into a chapter in THE BOOK?
Cornerstone Software Ltd (http://www.cornerstone.co.nz/)
Where I'm at so far (this may help someone or -better- someone can help
me). I'm saying this mainly to prove I'm not trying very hard <g>
So far I have set up Pound (www.apsis.ch/pound) (I started with the
pound-1.5 package from debian/testing) with some success. I have Pound
providing https://xnet.cornerstone.co.nz/svn/ which is proxying (via
HTTP, not HTTPS) to the real Subversion server on the LAN.
When I point a web browser at this, it works fine. So the HTTPS-HTTP
protocol switch, and the backend communication is fine.
The svn client dies with 'PROPFIND .. 501 method not implemented'. I
know what this means .. I now need to compile a custom version of Pound
with --enable-msdav. Actually I've done this, but I want a .deb
package. Time to learn some more things (no it didn't work first time..)
This is where I decided to ask for ideas, since this could snowball into
a lot of work, and "apt-get install pound" would instantly break my
I'd really really like to use Pound as a general HTTP/HTTPS guardian,
since it is written to sanitise HTTP requests and thus adds a layer of
security - it won't be open to any security holes discovered in Apache
for instance, and is unlikely to have (m)any of its own.
The only problem I have is with the author's opinion on a few things,
like the assertion that "virtual hosts should be implemented in the
back-end servers" This results in a few limitations in Pound's design in
its virtual hosting (eg can't make decisions on port). But I can live
with those limitations, and once I'm comfortable with the running
configuration and have some spare time (next century) maybe I can patch
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Received on Fri Dec 12 03:14:10 2003