Apache 1.3.19 was released on
Wednesday. 1.3.19 looks set to be the best Apache 1.3 release
in a long while: no known problems with mod_rewrite, and a
high quality byteranges implementation.
The longest thread this week on new-httpd was started by Greg
Stein who discovered that a recent change to mod_dir had
stopped Microsoft Web Folders from being able to open a
WebDAV folder in Apache 2.0. It emerged that Web Folders is
buggy, and removes a trailing '/' character from the folder
name, against a recommendation made in the WebDAV
specification, RFC 2518. A long discussion ensued around
whether Apache should only accept the correct behaviour;
eventually it was decided that Apache should follow the IETF
adage "be strict in what you send, and lenient in what you
accept", and a fix was committed.
The issue of how to support the old Apache 1.3-style "ap_r*"
interface in Apache 2.0 has again reared its head. Two
implementations have been presented, but since technical
discussion failed to decide which to use, Ryan Bloom has
asked for the group to take a vote.
Work on the build system continued in APR although some
changes ended up being backed out due to portability
problems. Cliff Woolley has been given commit priviledges,
and has been spending time cleaning up the bucket brigades
Apache 1.3.19 was released on 28th February 2001
and is now the latest version of the Apache server. The
previous release was 1.3.14, released on the 26th Jnauary
what was new in Apache 1.3.17.
Apache 1.3.19 is available in source form for compiling on
Unix or Windows, for download from the main Apache site or
shortly from any mirror download
This is a bug fix and minor upgrade release, with a few new
features. Users should upgrade if they have noticed
particular bugs mentioned below or would like to use any of
the new features.
Due to security issues, any sites using versions prior to
Apache 1.3.14 should upgrade as soon as possible.
The main new features in 1.3.19 (compared to 1.3.17) are:
Apache will now get the correct IP address if
ServerName is not set and Apache cannot find a
fully-qualified domain name at startup.
A minor speed improvement has been made to
mod_proxy by ordering the checks for
NoProxy and ProxyBlock
New configuration error reporting if UserDir
is set to a relative path on Win32 or Netware (which do not
support home directories), or a relative path on any
platform if that path includes the '*'
Selected new features that relate to Windows platforms:
Apache now ensures the service is stopped before it is
System shutdown on Windows 2000 now gives modules a limited
amount of time to clean up and shut down
Testing httpd.conf files (with -t) now holds
the console open if the test passes
Apache no longer holds open the console on error unless it
was invoked from a shortcut with the -w option.
mod_user was significantly refactored to
assure that the UserDir directive is parsed
effectively the same across platforms, fixing a UserDir bug
introduced in 1.3.17
Selected new features relating to other platforms:
NetWare now recognizes the SERVER/VOLUME:/PATH/FILE
NetWare mod_tls properly disables nagle for SSL
connections, and properly negotiates SSL based on the port
Startup and Shutdown issues were addressed on TPF
Cleanups to the OpenBSD configuration
The following bugs were found in Apache 1.3.17 and have been
fixed in Apache 1.3.19
Restore functionality broken by the mod_rewrite security
fix: The mod_rewrite string arithmetic is corrected for
Netware had problems with file extensions being truncated
Fixes to some Win32 build issues related to include
A potential bug has been fixed that had the possibility of
corrupting a module's string space
Relative paths have been corrected on Win32 and NetWare by
eliminating trailing slashs in the -d serverroot argument
and ServerRoot directive. The server root may
now be relative to the location of the Apache.exe file
Under certain circumstances, Apache did not supply the
right response headers when requiring authentication. PR#7114
Poised to be the largest gathering of Apache users to date,
ApacheCon 2001 is being held in Santa Clara, USA in April.
Registration at the
ApacheCon site is now open and if you register for the
conference in the next week you can save up to US$200 off the
In this section we highlight some of the articles on the web
that are of interest to Apache users.
In Apache Today,
"Improving mod_perl Driven Site's Performance Part VI" is
haunted by zombie and ghost. Of course Stas is referring to
"orphan" processes as he explains in technical terms why it
is bad to fork subprocessess from mod_perl.
Check out the new kid in town! It is the debut of
Moto, - a new Apache-only server side programming
language. Moto pages can be compiled into an Apache module
and once you have done that, you can discard Moto as you do
not need it to run the module. That is, if your web content
is everlasting and you don't mind the GPL license.
John Lim presents his compilation of 22 tips on "Tuning
Apache and PHP for Speed on Unix" in PHP Everywhere. The
tips can even be applied to Perl and Python too.
Thanks to the hundreds of you who entered the competition to
win the book "mod_perl Pocket Reference", and congratulations
to the eight lucky winners; Trix Farrar, Jared Armstong, Arin
Komins, and Randy Rowe in the USA, Simon Strack in Australia,
Kevin Quick and David Evans-Roberts in England, and Peter
Seitz in Germany.
We asked who originally created the Perl scripting language;
the correct answer was of course Larry Wall. Six readers
believed it was written by Richard Stallman, but the clue was
that it isn't called GNU/Perl. Don't worry if you didn't win,
we'll have more competitions to win useful Apache goodies
Apache Week review of mod_perl Pocket Reference.