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Having an issue with Apache front server connecting to a Jetty application server.

I thought that ProxyPass ! in a location block was supposed to NOT pass on processing to the application server, but for some reason that is not happening in my case, Jetty shows a 404 on the missing statics (js, css, etc.)

Here's my Apache (v 2.4, BTW) virtual host block:

DocumentRoot /path/to/foo

  RewriteEngine On

  <Directory /path/to/foo>
    AllowOverride  None
    Require all granted

  ProxyRequests Off
  ProxyVia Off
  ProxyPreserveHost On

  <Proxy *>
    AddDefaultCharset off
    Order deny,allow
    Allow from all

  # don't pass through requests for statics (image,js,css, etc.)
  <Location /static/>
    ProxyPass !

  <Location />
    ProxyPass           http://localhost:8081/
    ProxyPassReverse    http://localhost:8081/
    SetEnv              proxy-sendchunks 1
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up vote 7 down vote accepted

You need to use the ProxyPass ! argument with a path, not in a <Location> block, for example:

ProxyPass /static !
ProxyPass / http://localhost:8081/
ProxyPassReverse / http://localhost:8081/

I believe these rules are processed in the order they appear in the config, so be sure to specify exclude rules first.

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I need to check this, but Apache 2.4 docs indicate that <Location />ProxyPass</Location> is the preferred/performant approach to proxying. I tried, BTW, ProxyPass /static ! outside of Location block and same deal, Jetty tries to serve it – virtualeyes Apr 15 '12 at 16:35
+1, you are, however, correct in that breaking all the proxy rules outside of Location blocks does the trick ;-) Now, I would like to get this working in Location blocks since the I recall the 2.4 docs saying this is the way to do it now for max performance... – virtualeyes Apr 15 '12 at 16:38
ok, in 2.4 docs they state that multiple proxy directives outside a location block can be a performance bottleneck; however, given that I'll have a handful at most, a non-issue. Location blocks would work, BTW, if I had a more specific directive than <Location /> for the catch all. Appears that after <Location /static/> is processed, it moves on to <Location /> and proxies the /static/foo/bar.css file to Jetty, ignoring the first directive... – virtualeyes Apr 15 '12 at 17:17
So is this possible in Apache 2.4.10 using Location blocks? – fideloper Aug 19 '14 at 19:18

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