Friday, July 13, 2007

Web Browser, Web Server

I booted up my notebook with Fedora and launched the Apache web server serving a simple html page for the home page. After that, I ran Ethereal to "capture" all the packets going through the wire.

My other notebook is directly linked with this web server via a cross cable so that I can visit this web server with Firefox and Internet Explorer. Below are the screen dumps of Ethereal. You can drill down to the TCP/IP stack to understand how client server communicate.

Firefox browsing:

Internet Explorer browsing:

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