Writing hooks for Perlbal

Raistlin Majere raistlin at e-raist.com
Fri Oct 6 04:45:04 UTC 2006

I've installed and configured perlbal and have run into some  
difficulties.  I've setup perlbal to be a reverse proxy so that it  
correctly proxies virtualhosts to the appropriate servers.  (i.e.  
vhost1.example.com, vhost2.example.com correctly reverse proxies for  
vhost1.com and vhost2.com respectively) This is working perfectly,  
and wasn't too difficult to configure.

However now I want to write some code that will:

First verify that the backend server is alive
Second that the backend server can answer requests on the port I'm  
trying to talk to
And if it's NOT alive and able to respond to requests that I can  
redirect requests to a different server, or execute some code to  
bring the downed server up, before retrying.

I've tried to use the Perlbal::ClientProxy "start_proxy_request"  
hook, however that seems to affect each and every request (i.e. each  
html page, graphic, etc.)

I need to be able to check to see if the backend server is alive, and  
if it's not, tell Perlbal: "Whoa hold your horeses" long enough for  
me to bring a server up (I can do this with some scripts I have), and  
then redirect the request to the new server.

Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated.

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