The commit policy on the stable and unstable branches of the
2.0 CVS tree came under scrutiny this week, after a change was
committed to the stable tree without going through the review
process. It was clarified that all changes should first be
committed to the unstable tree, and receive three supporting
votes from reviewers before being back-ported to the stable
Some server administrators on modern Linux platforms may have
been encountering difficulties getting a core dump out of an
Apache server when trying to track down a segmentation fault.
This can be due to a change introduced in the Linux 2.4 kernel
which disables core dumps for processes which have changed user
id (such as httpd, which changes from the "root"
user to some less privileged user). Jeff Trawick
has published an Apache 1.3 module, dubbed mod_prctl,
which enables core dumps on Linux without needing to recompile Apache.
A patch to enable core dumps has also been committed to the Apache
2.0 CVS tree.
In this section we highlight some of the articles on the web
that are of interest to Apache users.
"Filters in Apache 2.0"
demonstrates how to port Apache::Clean, a
content filter written for mod_perl 1.0 using
mod_perl 2.0 API for Apache 2.0. It starts off by a
basic explanation of what output filters are, how
Apache::Clean works, and ends with a detailed
look at the source code of the new Apache::Clean.
Builder.com shows you
how to enable PHP4 support for an Apache 2 web server
running on a Microsoft Windows machine. It guides you through the
steps of installing binary distributions of Apache 2 and PHP4, editing
both configuration files (httpd.conf and php.ini) manually for them
to work together, and testing to ensure that your setup works.
The article entitled
"Python and Apache"
is the result of Peter Laurie making amends for not covering Python
in the "Apache: The Definitive Guide, 3rd Edition" book which he
co-authored. Here, he provides a sample Python script that
retrieves data from a MySQL database and configures Apache to
run the script whenever users access the main website.
Unfortunately some of his observations about Python as a
newbie didn't go down well with the language's enthusiasts as
can be seen from the comments he received.
Time and time again one of the reasons cited for the slow rate of
migrating to Apache 2 is a lack of suitable third-party modules.
Now a list of third-party modules ported to Apache 2 is available
so do check it out to see if the module you require is available.