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Need better understanding of image proxy function

Discussion in 'General XenForo Discussion and Feedback' started by cmeinck, Jul 10, 2014.

  1. cmeinck

    cmeinck Well-Known Member

    I have image proxy enabled on my site. My understanding is that it will host images remotely. When I select an image that uses a third-party website, it appears to use a proxy link. I'm guessing the image is now being copied, hosted at my site.

    Q: At some point, are there scripts that run and give these images a proper XF URL structure within /attachments/?
  2. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

  3. Jeremy

    Jeremy XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    The proxy works as a proxy, it will not permanently store the images on your server as an attachment to the post that posted the link, no. It stores them on your server for a cached amount of time before refetching & redownloading the image. You will need an add-on if that is the functionality you desire.
  4. cmeinck

    cmeinck Well-Known Member

    That clears things up a bit. If the image link breaks, the proxy image breaks. I'm trying avoid broken images from third party sites. I had been using MetaMirror, which worked well. I was thinking this could have potentially replaced it. Sounds as if it's not ideal for what I'm trying to achieve.
  5. Jeremy

    Jeremy XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    It won't break immediately, but when it goes to refresh the cache and the image is gone, yes, it will break the link on your site.
  6. rwm1962

    rwm1962 Active Member

  7. Mike

    Mike XenForo Developer Staff Member

    You can set the image proxy to cache for longer (or indefinitely), but still check for updates every so often. (If it fails, it will still serve the cached one and retry periodically until it works or finally gives up.)
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  8. Arantor

    Arantor Active Member

    Another forum software does this on a more permanent basis by default and a very interesting debate emerged in terms of 'is that violating copyright?' We came to the conclusion (all of us armchair lawyers, of course) that caching for short to medium periods (like XF does) is usually OK but permanent caching wouldn't be either under the EU directives or the DMCA (it doesn't get covered properly by Safe Harbor)
  9. eagle eyes

    eagle eyes Active Member

    Would it be possible to get to the post which is using that particular image from the logs? This will help us in effective moderation of images being posted on our forum.
  10. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    No, that's not possible.
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  11. eagle eyes

    eagle eyes Active Member

    In future may be? Asking a question like that to a developer you can only become hopeful. :D

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