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iptables port forwarding has no effect when server&client on the same machine?

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http://serverfault.com – I have a web server running on port 8080. I'd like to visit it via port 80, so I did this: iptables -t nat -A PREROUTING -p tcp -m tcp --dport 80 -j REDIRECT --to-port 8080 it works if i access the server from other machines using http://ipoftheserver/ but it doesn't work if I access the server from the same machine using http://localhost/ why is that? thanks in advance. (HowTos)