[Mongrel] Newbie Question: Can I setup mongrel as a proxy between a browser and the web?

Arash Nikkar anikkar at gmail.com
Wed Feb 6 19:20:26 EST 2008

Hi Steve,

I wish I could use something like that (in fact, I often use firebug to see
what is actually going on), but I am trying to build something that is
browser independent.

Ideally, what I am looking for is something which just listens to all the
traffic going into and out of a browser (using whatever protocol) and do
some analysis on that traffic (even if that means I need to duplicate all
the data elsewhere on my disk). but alas, I come from a desktop background
and I am not that well versed in web related issues. So I suppose I will
just take baby steps (with your guy's help, if you dont mind.)


On Feb 6, 2008 3:57 PM, Steve Midgley <public at misuse.org> wrote:

> At 12:39 PM 2/6/2008, mongrel-users-request at rubyforge.org wrote:
> >Date: Wed, 6 Feb 2008 11:32:16 -0800
> >From: "Arash Nikkar" <anikkar at gmail.com>
> >Subject: [Mongrel] Newbie Question: Can I setup mongrel as a proxy
> >         between a       browser and the web?
> >To: mongrel-users at rubyforge.org
> >Message-ID:
> >         <61ddf71e0802061132i59a5b05fy7df5c74e6cc1be02 at mail.gmail.com>
> >Content-Type: text/plain; charset="iso-8859-1"
> >
> >I am trying to create a proxy which I can route my browser requests
> >through
> >in order to gather information on the web page loading.  At this time
> >I am
> >particularly interested in the many GET requests associated with
> >loading a
> >single web page. Note: This does not have anything to do with rails,
> >my goal
> >is to run a ruby app in the background, set firefox to proxy all
> >requests
> >through it, log those requests, then return the fulfilled request back
> >to
> >the browser (i.e. the web page still loads in the browser).
> Hi Arash,
> You may have interest in coding a solution to this, for your own
> reasons. I totally support those inclinations! :) I'm going to go a
> little off-topic with an idea though:
> Personally, I use "Tamper Data"
> (https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/966) within FireFox to
> handle this type of thing. It's a most excellent resource: it's like a
> wire sniffer at the HTTP level only. It supports decoding request data
> and tracking POST, GET and Ajax stuff.
> It's been invaluable for me in some circumstances - I hope the
> reference is helpful.
> Steve
> p.s. It's been particularly helpful in trapping precisely certain live
> GET & Ajax requests which I then convert into testing requests to
> re-create the errors.
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