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Request #6701 Use of http_proxy for fopen("http:// ...
Submitted: 2000-09-12 23:39 UTC Modified: 2003-12-03 00:36 UTC
From: mbabcock at fibrespeed dot net Assigned:
Status: Closed Package: Feature/Change Request
PHP Version: 4.0.0 OS: Customized RedHat 6.2
Private report: No CVE-ID:
 [2000-09-12 23:39 UTC] mbabcock at fibrespeed dot net
It would be nice if fopen("", "r"); used the value in http_proxy as a proxy server instead of always fetching the data directly.  Using CURL is an option, but its a lot more complex.  If this functionality isn't too difficult to achieve, it would be much appreciated.

For example, I have a PHP program that HTMLizes RFCs and displays them.  It grabs the rfc###.txt directly from but there's no reason for it to refetch them every time if they can be cached by our proxy server.

Note: blanking $http_proxy should disable the proxy.


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 [2002-01-06 09:58 UTC]
although the request should remain open, this specific problem can be solved using PEAR::Cache.
 [2003-12-03 00:36 UTC]
This feature has been added to PHP 5.0.0

Example Usage:

  $context = stream_context_create(

  $contents = file_get_contents('', false, $context);
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