I have a web site on which requests for some files are redirected via
mod_rewrite with a 302 from serverA to serverB. I was just doing
some work on stats for the site and I observed that there's a big
discrepancy between the number of redirects issued by serverA, and
the number of subsequent fetches of the file from serverB. In the
case of three files I looked at in the logs for one day recently, the
numbers were 23950 / 17614 and 23930 / 16815 and 18636 / 12248 (302
from serverA / 200 from serverB).
I first thought it might have been people cancelling downloads, as
two of the files are fairly large flash files. However, the third one
is about a 7KB image - hardly something which people will
deliberately cancel a download of.
Can anyone hazard a guess as to what might be going one here? Is
there some kind of browser setting I never came across before which
says more or less "If you get a 302 redirect, ignore it". And this
setting would have to be activated on about 25% of all browsers (or
all which visit this site anyway).
Both servers run Linux and Apache, which is as on-topic as this gets.
P.S. The missing GB in my recent question is still missing - let's
see if you can do better with this conundrum :-)
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