André Malo has been working behind the scenes on improving
mod_rewrite in the 2.1 tree, with nearly sixty
changes being checked in over the last month including bug fixes,
optimisations and numerous cleanups. The backport process
continues to ensure that important bug fixes get integrated for
future 2.0 releases.
Some interesting applications of the Apache 2.0 filtering
architecture emerged as module developer Nick Kew offered four
of the modules he has developed for integration into the httpd
tree; all four modules are designed specifically as input or
output filters. Server administrators running reverse proxies
may find mod_proxy_html
particularly useful; this module implements an output filter
which can rewrite URLs in the HTML content being proxied.
Consensus on the list was that at least one of Nick's modules
would be considered for inclusion.
In this month's web
server survey from Netcraft, Apache gains its
highest ever percentage share (63.98%) over the eight years the survey
has been running. The survey continues to see large
changes in the absolute number of sites using particular server
software as domain parking sites switch between different
In this section we highlight some of the articles on the web
that are of interest to Apache users.
The pioneer long-awaited book for mod_perl 2.0,
by Stas Bekman and Eric Cholet is now available.
You can read the most important chapter of this book,
"Chapter 6: Coding with mod_perl in Mind" at
and learn how to port an existing CGI script to work under
Russell Dyer presents two scenarios on how
name-based Apache Virtual Hosts
can help to simplify your life. He also walks through the steps on
how to configure Apache to achieve it. SSL enabled Apache is
not covered in this article.
PHP5: Coming Soon to a Webserver Near You
examines some of the features in PHP5 to justify its existence.
Examples of code are provided to illustrate the points and can be downloaded from