The hot topic on the development list this week was the recommended
command used to start the web server in 2.0. A number of changes
since 1.3 mean that (at least on some platforms) starting the server
is no longer as simple as running bin/httpd from a
freshly installed binary build. Several proposals were made to remedy
the situation; integration of apachectl's
start/stop/restart functionality into the httpd binary
itself proved popular.
Only one major problem has been found in the 2.0.36 release
completed last week;
problems with semaphore handling (BZ#8124) which mean that
mod_ssl will stop serving requests after a period of
time. (The bug also affects mod_rewrite if
RewriteLogLevel is set above 0). Other changes
committed since 2.0.36 include:
- SSL CONNECT tunnelling has been fixed in
- fix for using mod_userdir and ScriptAlias to
enable CGI in home directories (BZ#8841)
- improvements to mod_isapi on Win32
- the SSLLog and SSLLogLevel
directives have been deprecated, mod_ssl now follows the
normal logging directives
- fix for corrupted output from mod_deflate
Apache Week visited the NetWorld+Interop show last week and found
updated releases of Apache-based commercial products from Covalent and
Red Hat, both aimed at enterprise users.
announced the release of their Enterprise Ready Server built on
Apache 2.0. searchWebManagement.com take it out for
a test drive.
Meanwhile, Red Hat launched their latest Enterprise release of open
source Stronghold based on
Apache 1.3. Red Hat are
running a webcast on the 22nd May with more details.
In this section we highlight some of the articles on the web that are of
interest to Apache users.
"Using Zope With Apache"
lists the pros of implementing Apache as Zope's HTTP server, and
shows you a few methods on how to connect them such as by using
persistent CGI, mod_rewrite,
mod_fastcgi, mod_proxy, and
Zap (a package created by Zope.org). Zope installation is not covered
as it assumes that Zope is already setup on your machine.
This month, UnixReview.com reviews the
Sair 202 Apache/Webservers Exam
which is one of the three electives you have to pass to obtain the Sair
Linux and GNU Level II (Engineer) certification. It tabulates the topics
covered and provides links to information you'll need to know in order
to sit for the exam confidently.
In his quest for a good book on how to administer Apache on a Linux
server which doesn't touch on how to write web applications, Jeff
Durham pops down to his local bookstore and compares 5 Apache
he presents his findings and picks
"Linux Apache Web Server Administration"
from the lineup as his first choice.
If you are a beginner when it comes to administering an Apache web
server on a Linux machine, you may be interested to read
"Tips on basic Linux server security".
This article advises you to set a complicated password, disable services
that are not required, limit access to certain people, check the integrity
of your files regularly, and check the system logs frequently too.