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I want to use Varnish to listen at port 80 and forward the HTTP requests to different local ports, based on the hostname. Each hostname represent a different Rails application.

Is it default behavior of Varnish not to store the entire HTTP request before forwarding. IF not, what is the configuration setting called?

I'm new to Varnish. I have chosen Varnish instead of HAProxy, because I don't need load balancing and might make use of caching later on.

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If you aren't caching, you might as well just use return(pipe);, which will have Varnish simply pass raw data between client and backend.

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