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A Robust Link-Translating Proxy Server Mirroring the Whole Web

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Executive Summary

Link-translating proxies are widely used for anonymous browsing, policy circumvention and WebVPN functions. These are implemented by encoding the destination URL in the path of the URL submitted to the proxy and rewriting all links before returning the document to the client. Commonly these are based on the CGIProxy implementation or a variant. While popular, broken links and very slow load times are common. This is so, since the use of scripting languages makes finding and translating links (the essential task of such a proxy) very difficult. Some web-sites become entirely non-functional when loaded.

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