Apache::RandomLocation - Perl extension for mod_perl to handle
    random locations.

      You can use this in your Apache *.conf files to activate this module.

      <Location /scripts/random-image>
      SetHandler perl-script
      PerlSetVar BaseURL /images/
      PerlSetVar ConfigFile /usr/local/apache/etc/sponsors.txt
      PerlHandler Apache::RandomLocation

      <Location /scripts/CPAN>
      SetHandler perl-script
      PerlSetVar Type mirror
      PerlSetVar ConfigFile /usr/local/apache/etc/cpan_mirrors.txt
      PerlHandler Apache::RandomLocation

    Given a list of locations in ConfigFile, this module will
    instruct the browser to redirect to one of them. The locations
    in ConfigFile are listed one per line, with lines beginning with
    # being ignored. How the redirection is handled depends on the
    variable Type.

    If Type is undefined or set to file, the locations are assumed
    to be files. BaseUrl, which can be a full or partial URL, gives
    the location of these files. This can be used to implement, for
    example, a banner in an HTML page: <IMG SRC="/scripts/random-
    image">. The file chosen is random. Since after one call this
    image gets cached by the client, to generate multiple random
    images on the same page, you could append different bogus paths
    after the calling URL, as in <IMG SRC="/scripts/random-image/1">
    and <IMG SRC="/scripts/random-image/2">.

    In this case, if BaseURL indicates the local server is being
    used, ConfigFile can contain a perl regular expression (enclosed
    by /, as in /\.gif$/) which will be used to match files in
    BaseURL. If ConfigFile is not defined, all files in BaseUrl will
    be read. If BaseUrl is undefined, the top level directory of the
    local server is assumed.

    If type is set to mirror, the locations in ConfigFile are
    assumed to be mirror sites of some set of files, giving both the
    host name and the directory path (eg, In this mode the module acts like
    the CPAN muliplexer code of; for
    example, will
    redirect to a nearby CPAN mirror to retrieve the file
    src/latest.tar.gz. Also like the CPAN multiplexer, a call to the
    URL (without any trailing slash)
    will bring up a form from which one can manually choose a site
    to go to.

    In this case, redirection is made to a random mirror site whose
    country code in the domain name matches that of the client. If
    no such mirror exists, a random mirror with country code
    matching *(com|edu|net|org|us)* is selected. For these purposes,
    clients with country codes *com*, *edu*, *org*, *net*, and *us*
    are considered equivalent. If a particular mirror site should be
    considered as having a different country code in this regard,
    add the desired code (separated by a space) to the end of the
    line containing the address of the mirror in ConfigFile. If the
    address of a mirror does not begin with *http://*, the *ftp://*
    protocol is assumed.

    Information on the locations is stored in a hash, which survives
    in each child's memory for the life of the child. This hash is
    uniquely associated with the given Location directive in *.conf,
    so that multiple uses of Apache::RandomLocation modules on one
    server with different Location directives is possible.

    Like Apache's configuration files, if any changes are made in
    ConfigFile, the server must be restarted in order that the
    changes take immediate effect; otherwise, one must wait for the
    child processes to die in order that the new configuration file
    be read in.

    Matthew Darwin,

    Randy Kobes,

    The mirror redirection code is based on the CPAN multiplexer
    code of Tom Christiansen and a similar script by Ulrich Pfeifer.

    perl(1), Apache(3), mod_perl(3)

    Copyright 1998, Matthew Darwin, Randy Kobes

    This library is free software; you can redistribute it and/or
    modify it under the same terms as Perl itself.