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Can cache-control and basic authentication coexist?

   
9:20 pm on Jan 6, 2011 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member encyclo is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member



I'm looking to speed us the viewing of some large graphics on a small site which uses basic authentication (Apache) controlling access for a small number of users. As the files are static, I can easily use a simple rule like
ExpiresByType image/jpeg "access plus 1 year"
- but does anyone have experience regarding cache-control headers and preserving the authentication?

I want the files to be stored in the user cache but don't want intermediate public caches to serve the content without authentication.
2:24 am on Jan 27, 2011 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member lammert is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member Top Contributors Of The Month



Using the cache control type "private" should do the trick, as this one is explicitly designed for signaling intermediate public caches to not store the content.

RFC about cache headers [w3.org] section 14.9.1
 

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