Ovid

When using Ovid without content from Primal Pictures, the following shorter definition should be used in config.txt/ezproxy.cfg:

Title Ovid
URL http://ovidsp.ovid.com/autologin.html
Host ovidsp.tx.ovid.com
Host gateway.ovid.com
DJ ovid.com

When using Ovid with content from Primal Pictures, the following longer definition should be used in config.txt/ezproxy.cfg:

Title Ovid including Primal Pictures
URL http://ovidsp.ovid.com/autologin.html
Host ovidsp.tx.ovid.com
Host gateway.ovid.com
DJ ovid.com
DJ anatomy.tv
Find returnUrl=http://
Replace returnUrl=http://^A
Find id="returnUrl" value="http://
Replace id="returnUrl" value="http://^A

Linux 2.6 kernels and PDF files

Some institutions using Linux 2.6 kernels have encountered problems accessing Ovid PDF files. These problems occur with any attempt to access the PDF files, whether directly from a browser on the Linux server or through EZproxy. The conflict appears to be a bug in the packet inspection performed by iptables, as disabling iptables resolves the issue, yet reactivating iptables with even a simple rule to allow all traffic to pass recreates the issue. This problem appears to have a hardware component, as institutions have reported the problem manifesting on certain hardware configurations, but not others.

If you suspect this issue, start by issuing the Linux command:

uname -r

which will display your kernel version, which will look similar to "2.6.9-67.0.15.EL". In this example, 2 is the version of the kernel, 6 is the major revision, and 9 is the minor revision.

Linux 2.6 kernels at minor revision 21 (2.6.21) and above are reported to have this issue resolved.

If your institution is using Linux and encountering this behavior, you can verify the issue by launching a browser on the EZproxy server and trying to access a PDF document directly. If this fails, you can disable iptables and retest.

Since this issue exists in the operating system, there are no changes to EZproxy that can correct this issue.