[wp-hackers] stop HTTP requests made behind one's back

Doug Stewart zamoose at gmail.com
Wed Feb 18 04:50:54 GMT 2009

On Tue, Feb 17, 2009 at 11:41 PM, Jacob Santos <wordpress at santosj.name>wrote:

> Yeah, you know, I could have spent another week or two implementing proxy
> support, but I'm just like, "You know, those people probably amount to only
> a small fraction of the users, so why should I waste my time?" That and the
> fact that I don't tend to cut myself, unless I've done something socially
> awkward. From the complaining of other developers about the pain and
> suffering of implementing proxy support, I'll keep away from it.
> That said, there is nothing preventing you (either of you or anyone else
> with ability to do so) from creating a patch that adds proper proxy support.
> If you do it well enough, I might send you a gift (disclaimer: I'm not going
> to send you a gift) and you'll have my gratitude (that is free and has not
> monetary redeemable value).
> It serves no purpose for me, which is the most important reason why I
> didn't implement it nor will I implement it in the future. I do not host
> WordPress behind a proxy, therefore well, it would be impossible for me to
> develop a solution anyway, because I would fail to be able to test whether
> or not it works (for that proxy and version).
> So I mean, those fraction of users whose host has screwed them will
> appreciate it. There there are you two.
> Jacob Santos
Whoah.  Wasn't trying to dump on your hard work in the slightest -- you've
done a yeoman's share, as far as I'm concerned, in getting the HTTP
transports thing going.  Definitely goes a long way towards making WordPress
dead-simple to admin and keep up to date.

What I'm trying to do, though, is keep that simplicity in place for my
corporate client who unfortunately doesn't have the option of running a
transparent proxy.  I want to leverage your hard work and, well, make it
work so that the marcomm folks tasked with adminning the site don't have to
hit me up for plugin updates every time.

I can do all sorts of add_filters to disable the different transports (what
I'm having to resort to now) but I'd far rather just have cURL, fopen, etc.
respect a proxy.  I'll take a look at the code in the next couple of days
and see if I can't make it work BTF.  And if anyone else on the list has
ideas as to how best to make that happen, I'm all ears.


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