A few bugs were found in the public release of 1.0.2 which
required fixing (1.0.2 with Apache-SSL found a problem with
the Cookie Module). It was noted that setting the directive
"MinSpareServers" to "0" causes some problems and it should
be trapped later.
The IP restriction code was making the incorrect assumption
that all hostnames would start with an alphabet character.
Domain names such as "90210.com" are not valid but have still
been issued by Internic.
Current version: 1.0.2
The version number scheme decided previously was again
confirmed. Version numbers 1.0.* are to be used for bug fixes
(only) from 1.0.0. New feature enhancements will be tested in
versions 1.1* (Initially 1.1b1) which have been waiting since
the feature freeze imposed before 1.0.0 was released.
Many patches came in during the week for 1.0.2. A call for
votes will be issued at the end of the 9th, with voting
lasting up to a week. It may take some time to test all the
A (large) number of patches were submitted that will be voted
on starting 10th February. In addition a number of new
features are being developed:
A "keep-alive" patch was written to implement persistent
connections. During the week a number of alterations were
made to the code including addition of a timeout directive. A
bug in Netscape was discovered with the way it handled small
documents using keep-alive (It would hang until the
connection timed out). The latest patch (90f) worked around
this bug. The patch may still need further work so that it
cleans up after each request and to give it the addition of a
directive to turn off the feature. It was found to be
suprising that "Keep-alive" works at all since it is (yet)
another feature that was added by vendors before the
specification was agreed. Keep-Alives cannot be trusted
through a proxy. In fact netscape sends Proxy-Connection:
Keep-Alive talking to a proxy, but this gets confusing when
standard servers can also act as proxies, like the Apache
proxy module, or when you have chains of proxies.
The proxy module submitted last week was completely
re-written with many new features and abilities and will be
voted on for inclusion in the next release.
A module mod_ftp was submitted to provide a better version of
mod_dir for ftp directories. The name "mod_ftp" could be
confusing as it implies a module that performs ftp (such as a
ftp proxy). The module relies on table support in the browser
A new module, Mod_expires allows Expires headers to be based
on content type with default expiry dates. This lets
documents expire a fixed time after their modification date
or after their last access. There was discussion on the best
way for the expires directives to work. The experimental
expires module currently uses the CERN syntax; but the CERN
syntax isn't that good.