Re: Proxies changing POST to GET?

Ari Luotonen (
Tue, 20 Dec 1994 22:42:40 +0100

> On two occasions now, I've gotten a response that lists REQUEST_METHOD =
> GET, with the user's email address in QUERY_STRING. In both cases,
> HTTP_USER_AGENT has indicated that the submitter was working through a
> proxy. Is there any reason why a proxy would convert "method='post'" to
> "mathod='get'"?

Proxy definitely never changes the request method. This is because
some clients don't use POST correctly when reloading the page, but use
GET instead; NCSA Mosaic definitely has this bug, and probably also
the ATSON client:

> * ATSON-W3LM/1.0-beta libwww/2.17+cocoa modified via proxy
> gateway CERN-HTTPD/3.0 libwww/2.17
> * NCSA Mosaic for the X Window System/2.4 libwww/2.12 modified
> via proxy gateway CERN-HTTPD/3.0pre6 libwww/2.16 beta


Ari Luotonen
Netscape Communications Corp.
650 Castro Street, Suite 500
Mountain View, CA 94041, USA