The past week has seen more work toward getting Apache 2.0
running on the production server at www.apache.org. This
culminated on Thursday evening as Ryan Bloom announced that
the code had been up and running for three hours without any
problems. The server appears to have been
switched back to running Apache 1.3 at the time of
writing, although it is not currently clear why.
Roy Fielding's new release procedure (see Apache
Week issue 234), has been adopted and two releases of
Apache 2.0 have been made for testing purposes, 2.0.10 and
2.0.11. The first suffered from problems on BeOS, although
the second has not received any major bug reports yet.
Martin Kraemer has unearthed and fixed a security flaw in
Apache 1.3 which was originally discovered and supposedly
fixed earlier last year. The problem is found on some
platforms where a GET request with a certain number of
repeated '/' characters in the URI will give a directory
index response rather than the correct page. The fix has been
checked-in, and a 1.3.18 release has been tentatively
scheduled for this weekend.
This week saw some old code removed from the Apache 2.0
repository: mod_proxy and the "dexter" MPM: mod_proxy now has
its own CVS repository, and the dexter MPM was made obsolete
by the "perchild" MPM. Code which made it into the CVS
repository this week include an early prototype for SSL
support in Apache 2.0 from Ben Laurie.
As we promised in Apache Week issue
210, here is our review of "mod_perl
Pocket Reference" by Andrew Ford, who also
maintains the mod_perl
quick reference card.
In the tradition of the pocket reference series, this book
measures 4.25 by 7 inches and consists of one main body that
is divided into sections. In the introduction, which is the
first of sixteen
subtopics, it clearly states its objectives or rather
what it is not meant to be. The book aspires to cover all of
mod_perl 1.24's classes, methods and configuration directives
but cautions that it is not a self-contained user guide. Its
readers are assumed to be acquainted with mod_perl, web
server technology and object-oriented Perl programming.
Currently some people use mod_perl simply to run existing
Perl CGI scripts, but as can be seen from this extremely
concise book, mod_perl offers much more than that. The book
provides a good overall coverage of this versatile module,
keeping all the necessary facts simple, short and precise
without glossing over anything important.
I would highly recommend this book to mod_perl lovers as they
may discover something that they may have missed while using
the module. As for the experts, this book may be quite handy
as a quick revision guide. It is also an excellent source of
information for users who have been using mod_perl for only a
short while. It will definitely save them the trouble of
reading through a thick manual to flesh out mod_perl's
potential. But then of course one must have a complete
mod_perl "bible" nearby to refer to, for detailed
installation, configuration and programming instructions.
Users who have never encountered Apache, Perl and mod_perl
before are well advised to read the online mod_perl
documentation and have some hands-on experience before giving
this reference book a go. Otherwise they may find themselves
wandering off and giving mod_perl a miss, as this is not a
Read our full review
Next week we will be running a competition with four copies
of the mod_perl reference book as prizes, make sure you are
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