Apache Site: www.apache.org
Release: 1.3.6 (Released 25th March 1999)
Apache 1.3.6 is the current stable release. Users of Apache
1.3.4 and earlier on Unix systems should upgrade to this
version. Read the Guide to
1.3.6 for information about changes between 1.3.4 and
1.3.6 and between 1.2 and 1.3.6.
Most bugs listed below include a link to the entry in the
Apache bug database where the problem is being tracked. These
entries are called "PR"s (Problem Reports). Some bugs do not
correspond to problem reports if they are found by
These bugs have been found in 1.3.6 and will be fixed in the
next release. Because of the major differences between
Windows and Unix, these are separated into bugs which affect
Windows systems only, and other bugs (which may affect
Windows as well). Unix users can ignore the bugs listed in
the Windows section.
apache -S does not exit after showing the
virtual host settings.
The restart command apache -k services all
connections in the listen queue before restarting. On a
busy server this can take a hours.
An extra call to wait_for_multiple_objects has
been removed, causing up to a 5% gain in performance.
Compilation fails on Redhat 6 and possibly other Linux
distributions with the latest versions of glibc. This is
due to the header file ndbm.h being in a
non-standard directory. PR#4431,
Patches for bugs in Apache 1.3.6 will be made available in
the apply_to_1.3.6 subdirectory of the patches
directory on the Apache site. Some new features and other
unofficial patches are available in the 1.3
patches directory. For details of all previously reported
bugs, see the Apache bug
database and known
bugs pages. Many common configuration questions are
answered in the Apache FAQ.
Currently when Apache starts or is restarted, it checks that
the directory root for each virtual host exists. With a small
number of virtual hosts the time taken to do this is minimal
and it catches configuration mistakes. However, the delay can
reach several minutes when thousands of virtual hosts are in
use. A new directive has been added to the next release of
Apache, DocumentRootCheck. If a site has a
considerable number of virtual hosts, setting
DocumentRootCheck Off will cause a significant
speedup when starting or restarting Apache.
A patch has been submitted to extend the
SetEnvIf directive. The extension allows the
directive to test environment variables, therefore also
allowing it to check the outcome of other
SetEnvIf directives that have been executed
The June Netcraft Server
Survery shows Apache losing over 1% of market share,
taking it to 56% of the server market. However, this
statistic by itself is misleading; the cause of the drop is a
single ISP based in the UK who recently changed their server
version string from "Apache" to "based on Apache". This
change affected 90,000 of their sites causing a large impact
on the survey.
Apache is still gaining share however; after combining Apache
and Apache-based servers it rose to over 61% this month.
The Apache developer community and Sun Microsystems, Inc.
announced the formation of the Jakarta Project this
week. The aim of the project is to integrate Sun's JavaServer
Pages (JSP) technologies and make them available as open
source. Although the project is still in the early stages,
release of the source code from Sun is expected shortly and
will be under the Apache license.
Apache Week is a weekly publication, but over the last couple
of months we've missed out the occasional issue. We've done
this when there is little or no news as feedback from readers
has shown that this is preferable to us sending out a tiny
issue with no content. Over the next few months we expect to
publish a new issue at least every two weeks. However we will
still send out tiny issues if there are important
announcements, security notifications, or new releases.