The biggest discussion this week concerned resource leaks in
Apache 2.0. Dean Gaudet discovered in January that file
descriptors opened during a request were not being closed
until the connection was closed: since HTTP/1.1 keepalives
may allow hundreds of requests per connection this is a
resource leak. This has now been fixed.
A generally quiet week saw some exciting progress for secure
server users, with Ben Laurie agreeing that mod_ssl should be
used as the basis of SSL support in Apache 2.0. Ken Coar also
announced the Call for Participation for ApacheCon Europe
2001, to be held in Dublin, Eire in October this year.
Roy Fielding has continued in his quest to clean up the build
systems for APR and Apache 2.0, making two big checkins this
week to ensure that any compiler flags specified by the user
when running configure are passed through to the Makefiles.
In this section we highlight some of the articles on the web
that are of interest to Apache users.
Ryan Bloom kicks off a new series of columns about Apache 2.0
for O'Reilly Network readers with his first column -
"Installing Apache 2.0". This piece proves to be merely a
rehash of his previous Apache 2.0 articles except for a
mention of mod_tls.
"Linux for Newbies, part 22", Gene Wilburn stresses on
the benefits of compiling Apache and any related modules by
hand. Instructions are given for removing existing Apache and
PHP from one's system before compiling them again from
source. By doing this, users control how the packages are
built and choose the locations for the various parts.
"PHP, Perl, Java servlets -- Which one's right for you?"
covers how the three server-side scripting languages work and
their differences. Anyone who is familiar with HTML will
understand this article as the author intentionally avoids
in-depth and technical details. At the end of the day, the
decision is still up to the readers.