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"Reverse proxy" (was: Referrals)

Howard Chu wrote:
Michael Ströder wrote:
Then use back-ldap as a LDAP reverse proxy or slapo-chain for chasing the
referrals automatically.

You keep using that phrase "reverse proxy" - it's just a proxy.

Well, I don't want to nitpick here but this wording is commonly used when dealing with web servers:

1. A forwarding proxy is one your client might have to use to reach out to external servers (by some definition of "external") and

2. a reverse proxy is the connection end point for the client which passes requests on to a hidden server.

For 1. the client has to know about the proxy and for 2. the client does not have to know (or even must not know).

See also:

Looking at this it seems appropriate to me to use the term "reverse proxy" when talking about back-ldap.

Ciao, Michael.

P.S.: This reminds me of a feature request I wanted to submit to ITS for letting libldap use a forwarding proxy via HTTP connect. Or at least pass a file descriptor to ldap_initialize()...