| What's new in Naoko 4.3 |
* Added $ASK(AllowList, DenyList, Prompt msg, item to add [,alternate match])
$ASK() automates the process of asking the user if a particular
item should be filtered at a given site. Although you can do the
same thing with combinations of some of the other new commands,
ASK wraps it up neatly in one small package.
* Added a NOAPPEND option to blockfiles. Blockfiles with this flag set
will not have new items added to the file itself when ASK or ADDLST
is called. The items will still be blocked, but only for the current
session or until the list is reloaded (whichever comes first).
It might be useful in cases where you only want to block something
temporarily, and I admit it's a bit of a hack. It may not stay
around too long if I get a better idea.
* Added $DTM(format) command. This can be use to insert date, time
and connection information into any replacement text. It uses a
simple format string to control the display and can be useful for
adding dates to a page, or including information for use with $LOG
or other similar commands.
* Added persistent connection support to local connections as well
as remote. For best results make sure your browser is set to use
HTTP/1.1 through the proxy and has pipelining enabled (if it's an
option). Also I recommend about 6-8 simultaneous connections. With
this, Proxomitron now supports nearly all of HTTP/1.1's optional
For this to work Proxomitron must make heavy use of "chunked"
encoding since we can't know the size of a filtered item ahead of
time. This shouldn't be a problem, but it's possible some browsers
may not expect so many items to be "chunked" - especially images.
In testing Mozilla seems to have some random problems with chunked
encoding if pipelining is enabled, but the flaw doesn't seem to be
in Proxomitron's handling of things (Pipelining support in Mozilla
is new and may still be a bit buggy). Opera, which also heavily
pipelines, seem ok.
HTTP/1.0 persistence is also supported. However, since Proxomitron
frequently makes changes to an item's content-length and HTTP/1.0
does not allow for chunked encoding, fewer requests may be able
to persist if your filtering.
Local persistence can be turned off if necessary and it's keep-alive
time adjusted under the HTTP tab of the Config dialog. By default
local connections are killed after 10 seconds of inactivity. That
should be fine in most cases since new local connections are fairly
fast to create, but you may wish to increase this - especially if
you're using Proxomitron remotely over a LAN.
* Added new character hashing to matching routines. This can greatly
speed up OR separated lists where the initial item in each OR section
is not a wildcard. For example...
(one|two|(three|four|five)|six) is hashable while...
(one|*two|(three|four|five)|six) isn't, and neither is...
Actually though each set of parens (...) has its own hash, so
in each case above the "(three|four|five)" is still hashed each
time. Also mixing in AND or ANDAND is usually ok too...
This also means a complex match like (from the banner blaster)...
is pretty much just as fast written like...
but it's good deal easier to read. Still, the hashing speeds up both
examples. Using it is pretty much transparent (hopefully). Keep in
mind leading wildcards are always slower and should be avoided if
possible (particularly in web filter bounds checks).
* Added $LOG(), $ALERT(), and $CONFIRM() matching commands. These
allow you to send a message to the user. $ALERT() just pops up a
message box with whatever text you provide. $CONFIRM pops up a
Yes/No dialog box with the message. If the user clicks "No", this
will be treated as a non-match in the filter the command is called
from. $LOG() sends the message to the log window (if it's open).
Note that the first letter in a log window message determines the
color used to display it...
R=Red W=White w=Gray B=Blue G=Green Y=Yellow V=Violet C=Cyan
All commands take a single string of text and will have replacement
expansion done before display. They can be used in either the
matching or replacement section of any type of filter.
* Added $ADDLST(ListName, Text of line to add) command. This lets you
add items to a blocklist from a filter. The item to add will have
replacement expansion done to the input beforehand, so it may include
text captured by the filter. Because of this, you'll need to double-
escape stuff like "\1" if you want to place the wildcard itself (and
not it's value) in a blocklist. Just add an extra backslash like
so: "\\1", "\\h", "\\p".
* Added $ADDLSTBOX(ListName, Title, Text to add) command. This is very
much like $ADDLST() but prompts the user with the standard "add to
blockfile" dialog normally called from the systray menu. The "Title"
portion is optional, but any text entered here will be shown on the
dialog's title bar. The command matches true if an item is added or
false if the user cancels.
* Added $WESC() command. This will escape any wildcards in the given
input string (after first doing replacement expansion). Useful for
making sure anything added to a blocklist from an unknown source
(like a URL) will be matched literally so characters like "+","&"
"?", etc. won't cause inadvertent matching errors. It can be used
in the replacement section of a match or in the input of any,
command, like $ADDLST(), that performs replacement expansion on its
* Added $LOCK() and $UNLOCK() commands. These are useful for synch-
ronizing a filter's action across simultaneously loading pages.
Only one filter can be "locked" at any given time. if any other filter
then calls lock, it will wait until the first completes before being
processed. You can use this to group a series of related actions in a
* Rigged the "profile" in the matching test window to abort if it's
taking too long. Normally it does 1000 iterations, but on a
very complex match or if matching a lot of text, this can take some
time to complete. Now it'll stop beforehand if it takes over
6 seconds. The results are adjusted to reflect the actual number
of iterations finished so should still be fairly accurate.
Note that due to this extra checking, test times may be slightly
slower than in the previous versions of Proxomitron. Don't worry,
the filters themselves aren't slower though.
* Fixed \h matching too small of a string in some cases.
* Fixed a potential bug in the $RDIR() command
* Made replacement text buffer grow dynamically. This should prevent
problems some people where having when certain combinations of
filters with large byte limits were used with multi-match enabled.
* Moved the "Edit Blockfile" option to it's own spot on the systray
menu - should make it easier to use.
* Removed a "Last-Modified" header hack I used to get around a silly
cache problem IE used to have. If the last-modified date hadn't changed
IE would use the old cached version of a page even if the server sent
it a completely new version. Thankfully this has been fixed for several