The seventh beta test release of Apache was made available on
Saturday 22nd February. Like previous beta releases this one
fixes a variety of bugs, many of which are minor or specific
to particular operating systems. This version also sees a
number of performance enhancements designed to make networks
transfers, SSIs and overall operation faster. Anyone running
any previous version of Apache 1.2 beta should upgraade.
The current plan is that after 1.2 is finally fully released
the internal Apache code is considerably rewritten to form a
major new version, 2.0. This will include support for
and OS abstractions which allow for versions of Apache on
Windows NT and other systems. The development of 2.0 is
likely to take some time and since 1.2 will be the current
version until 2.0 is available, this long period of beta
testing now is designed to ensure that Apache 1.2 is a
stable, secure and high-performance server.
Depending on future circumstances there may be additional
releases of the 1.2 code, such as 1.2.1 or 1.3. There may
also be a version of 1.2 ported to Windows operating systems,
depending on developer interest.
The current plans are for one or possible two more beta
releases before a final 1.2 release. This could happen during
Release: 1.1.3 (Released 14th January 1997)
Bugs reported in 1.2b7:
Beta: 1.2b7 (Released 22nd February 1997)
Apache is too restrictive about checking that URLs are
valid. It has been updated to the definition in HTTP/1.1
If ErrorDocuments are defined in multiple virtual hosts
only the first one defined is used
Possible occasional core dumps when executing scripts (CGI
If client sends a HTTP request line that is too long Apache
closes the connection
If filenames in a directory listing include non-ASCII
characters the links to those files do not work
Bugs fixed in next release:
suexec fix when initialising groups (bug seen on SunOS but
may affect other systems)
OS specific updates for MPE/iX, MachTen, FreeBSD (support
directory); support added for UXP/DS(V20)
Patches to fix some Apache 1.2b6 bugs are available in the 1.2b6
patches directory on the Apache site.
Apache is currently in a 'beta release' cycle. This is where
it is made available prior to full release for testing by
anyone interested. Normally during the beta cycle no new
major features will be added. The full release of Apache 1.2
is expected in March.
Last week we reported that the Lycos indexer cannot index
HTTP/1.1 sites such as those running Apache 1.2. It now
appears that infact it can index these sites. However
the indexer which is used when the "add a new site" form is
filled does not yet understand HTTP/1.1 responses.
The Red Herring Direct, which covers technology business
news, calls Apache the Sleeper
Server because it has quietly beaten the big-spending
industry giants Netscape and Microsoft.