Re: Problem with Netscape Home site for de

From: Henrik Nordstrom <>
Date: Thu, 22 Oct 1998 23:02:45 +0200

Tilman Mueller-Gerbes wrote:

> It seems as if Netscape's home site does respond with a META
> Refresh tag and a Refresh interval of 0 seconds.

META Refresh is only for telling the client that it should refresh it's
view of the page. It says nothing about cachability or when a cache
should refresh it's cached copy as it is a pure client-side tag.

Using "Refresh 0" is wierd, as it forces the browser to constantly
refresh the page.

> This confuses Netscape 4.06 in a weird way: it always refetches
> the page and gets a TCP_MEM_HIT and requests the page and gets a
> TCP_MEM_HIT and ... Going directly there works, though.

It shouldn't work going directly either. Maybe they return a different
response on the second refresh?

> Is this a known problem? Maybe Squid does not handle the
> refresh 0 secs

If they want caches to refresh the page then they need to use Expires:
as well (or perhaps a Cache-Control: max-age directive is more
appropriate here).

Henrik Nordstrom
Spare time Squid hacker
Received on Thu Oct 22 1998 - 15:05:05 MDT

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