The eighth beta version was released this week. Baring any
major problems, this beta could well be the last before a
final release of 1.2.
The main changes in this release are internal, with various
code cleanups. These make the code more efficient and easier
to maintain, and may fix a number of bugs. Areas affected
include persistent connections, connection closing, sending
response header and timeouts. To help fix bugs, the error log
now always reports the Unix system call error that caused the
problem, if applicable.
In addition, there are some specific major bug fixes, include
removing a three second delay on CGI included from SSI pages,
incorrect response codes on POST to non-existent URL and
proxy requests, problems with high port values, incorrect
counts on mod_status output, some negotiation changes, and
Apache now starts-up even if a virtual host cannot be
A full list of changes is available in the distribution (see
the file src/CHANGES). The Apache Week guide to
what is new and changed in 1.2 compared to 1.1.3 is now
updated to 1.2b8, as is the guide to API
If you intend to include the optional proxy module when you
compiled Apache and are using SunOS 4.*, you must apply this
Release: 1.1.3 (Released 14th January 1997)
Bugs reported in 1.2b8:
Beta: 1.2b8 (Released 8th April 1997)
Occasional broken images when viewed with Netscape (not an
Apache bug - see Under Development below).
Proxy will not compile on SunOS 4 (patch available).
Compile problem on Linux on Alpha and older (1.2.*) Linux
kernels on all platforms (fix is to remove "#define
HAVE_SHMGET" from the LINUX section in conf.h).
Bugs fixed in 1.2b8:
Compilation problems on Ultrix 4.3.
Proxy module updates: better handling of timeouts,
compilation problems on Solaris
Bugs fixed in next release:
URL escape sequence %2f (slash) cannot be used in
PATH_INFO. E.g. the URL /script/my%2finfo returns 404 Not
Found, even if /script is a valid CGI.
Proxy caches files which are not fully downloaded (partial
Apache reports "httpd: could no set socket option
TCP_NODELAY" occasionally. This is normally ok.
Patches to some Apache 1.2b8 bugs are available in the 1.2b8
patches directory on the Apache site. At time of writing,
there are three patches for the optional proxy modules. They
fix compile problems on SunOS 4, FTP sites with spaces in
filenames, and remote sites with multiple IP addresses.
For details of all previously reported bugs, see the Apache
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 April.
There have been some reports that images viewed with NS
Navigator (both 3.* and 4.* preview release) are displayed as
broken image icons. After some investigation is has been
found that that is not due to Apache, nor to invalid image
transmissions. It seems to be a bug in Navigator 4 which is
only triggered when the header part of the HTTP response is
exactly 257 bytes long. Making the header longer or shorter
fixes the problem.
The following directives will prevent anyone requesting your
<Files ~ "\.htaccess$">
deny from all
Unless configured like this, anyone on the web can request
and view your .htaccess files, which could contain sensitive
information such as the names of users and hosts that are
FAQ has been updated. In now includes answers for many
more common questions about installing and using Apache.
There is also a section on what do to if you experience
problems with Apache.