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

Arash Nikkar anikkar at gmail.com
Thu Feb 7 13:09:16 EST 2008


Hi Igor,

sounds like its exactly what I want, provided I can plug into it
programmatically. I'll take a look today. thanks.

On Feb 7, 2008 1:40 AM, Igor Clark <igor at pokelondon.com> wrote:

> On 7 Feb 2008, at 00:20, Arash Nikkar wrote:
>
> > 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.)
>
> http://www.xk72.com/charles/
>
> "Charles is an HTTP proxy / HTTP monitor / Reverse Proxy that enables
> a developer to view all of the HTTP traffic between their machine and
> the Internet. This includes requests, responses and the HTTP headers
> (which contain the cookies and caching information)."
>
> Browser independent, it intercepts, decodes and displays all browser
> <--> server communications, including decoding Flash AMF data. It's
> invaluable for Flash --> server and "ajax" development; sounds like
> it'll do some of what you want, too.
>
> cheers
> i
>
> >
> > --arash
> >
> > 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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