[squid-users] Accelerator and authentication

From: Neville Kuyt <neville.kuyt@dont-contact.us>
Date: Fri, 9 Nov 2001 14:59:03 -0000

Hi, newbie on the list - I have searched the archives, and not found a
relevant thread, so I'd like to get some ideas.

We run a fairly complex collection of websites - 70+ - on a big-ticket
content management system. The sites are served from 4 Solaris/Iplanet
servers, and use URL rewriting to allow all the sites to share a common
directory structure - http://foo.com/bar/q1234.html and
http://bar.com/bar/q3456.html live in the same directory, the filename is
the distinguishing element.

As the content management system is not performing particularly well, we are
using 4 squid http accelerators (one per "main" web server") to cache
content in acceleration mode - and it works extremely well !

The next thing we want to be able to do, however, is introduce authorisation
for big parts of the sites - only registered users can get access to
http://bar.com/bar/q3456.html , but everyone can get access to

The obvious way to do this is to switch off caching for the pages that
require authorisation; this will cause significant performance problems and
is not too popular.

Is there any way in which Squid can do some basic authentication (almost
certainly cookie-based) prior to serving a page - either from the cache or
direct ?

Ta !

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