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Classic internet apps in OS X over PPP dialup Classic
After struggling for several days trying to get Adobe GoLive and Outlook Express to have internet access in OS X, I was finally told that this is impossible if you are on PPP dial-up, and that you can only do this if you access the internet over your ethernet network.

Not quite! What no one seems to know (at least no one seems to mention it) is that you can use a "Port Reflector" to allow these apps to use your PPP connection. Wickedly Simply Software has created such a program and once it's setup, it's pretty much automatic. The shareware version times out at 10 minutes (then you have to close the program and restart it), so it's definitely a "try" before you buy. But I gladly paid the $10 charge to be able to use GoLive and Express.
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What about Apache?
Authored by: Anonymous on Feb 16, '01 02:26:50PM

You can use the Apache web server, included with OS X, as a proxy server to access the
internet over PPP.

Give your machine a dummy IP address (e.g., 192.168.x.x) if it doesn't already have one,
start Apache from the System Preferences panel, then set the preferences within each Classic
app to use your IP as its proxy server.

It works with Outlook Express, Netscape, Classic IE, Quicken (for quotes). Don't know about
GoLive, but if it has a proxy server preference setting it should work.

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Configure Apache
Authored by: Anonymous on Feb 16, '01 05:50:51PM

I forgot to mention that you have to enable the proxy module to Apache first.

Backup and edit the file /Library/WebServer/Configuration/apache.conf by uncommenting
the lines that enable the proxy. You will need root/admin access to modify anything in that
directory. Search for these lines in the file and remove the leading #:

LoadModule proxy_module /System/Library/Apache/Modules/

AddModule mod_proxy.c

<IfModule mod_proxy.c>
ProxyRequests On

<Directory proxy:*>
Order deny,allow
Deny from all
Allow from 192.168.X.X

ProxyVia On

Add these lines before the closing </IfModule> tag:

# The AllowCONNECT directive specifies a list of port numbers to which
# the proxy CONNECT method may connect. Today's browsers use this
# method when a https connection is requested and proxy tunneling over
# http is in effect. By default, only the default https port (443) and
# the default snews port (563) are enabled. Use the AllowCONNECT
# directive to overrride this default and allow connections to the
# listed ports only.
AllowCONNECT 443 563 110 25 119


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Apache & FTP proxy
Authored by: Anonymous on Feb 17, '01 04:11:44PM

The Apache proxy works great for Outllook! Much better than the Port Reflector, however, it doesn't seem to work with FTP. I've tried GoLive and Anarchie, and they both say they are connecting, but nothing ever happens. The attempt never appears in Apache's access log, either. I've even added port 21 to the AllowConnect directive in Apache's conf file, but it had no effect. Is FTP proxy possible through Apache?

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Classic Internet Fix with adding software =
Authored by: Anonymous on Mar 30, '01 08:10:45AM

I fixed my problem with Classic Internet Apps by "unchecking" the (4) "advanced PPP" preferences in my PPP set up. I can now use Netscape, IE 5.0 and Outlook Express. They all work as if I was running in Native OS 9.1.

Why add 3rd party software if this works ?

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