The long awaited release of Apache 1.2 is now scheduled for
June 5th. A final beta version, 1.2b11, was released on 30th
May. This gives a period of one week to find and fix any
remaining bugs. Version 1.2b11 is called a "release
candidate", which means that if no major problems are found
it will be renamed as 1.2 and released as the final version
on June 5th. Any minor bugs found now will either be fixed if
they definitely do not cause any other problems, or fixes
will be made available as patches to 1.2.
Version 1.2b11 has a number of bug fixes, mostly minor,
compared to 1.2b10. It also fixes some problems with the
declaration and use of virtual hosts, both name-based and
IP-based. Any CGI scripts which failed to work with with
previous betas of 1.2 should work again, since Apache now
works the same as 1.1.3 when it invokes CGI programs (this
only affects programs located in a
ScriptAlias'ed directory where the alias
includes some extra path information).
The extensive testing that the 1.2 betas have received has
lead to many improvements in the overall reliability and
performance of Apache, in addition to the numerous new
features over the old 1.1.3 release. Once 1.2 is released,
sites running 1.1.3 or earlier should upgrade to 1.2. No more
work or bug fixes will be done on versions before 1.2.
The beta releases have been in source-code format only, and
anyone running a beta version of 1.2 should upgrade to the
full release when it is available. The full release should
also be available in pre-compiled (binary) form for several
major operating systems.
Release: 1.1.3 (Released 14th January 1997)
Beta: 1.2b11 (Released 30th May 1997)
Bugs fixed in 1.2b11:
When using keepalives and name-based virtual hosts,
requests on a keptalive connection can get a response from
the wrong virtual host.
If a client opens a connection to Apache, but does not send
anything before the server times out the connection, Apache
would log a request for "-" with a 200 status in the
access_log. Now fixed to log a 408 (Request Time Out)
Recent changes (in 1.2b10) prevented the "Location" header
being sent on some redirect responses. Could also case a
core dump when logging the request in some instances.
OS/2 signal handling was broken in an earlier beta.
Proxy cache was not closing a file, leading to "too many
open files" errors on some systems.
On Irix, Apache child processes could get stuck if
IdentityCheck was enabled.
Patches to any Apache 1.2b11 bugs may be available in the 1.2b11
patches directory on the Apache site. At time of writing
there are no patches and this directory does not exist.
For details of all previously reported bugs, see the Apache
Many common configuration questions are answered in the Apache FAQ.
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
based on 1.2b11 is expected on June 5th.
A small change has been made to support calling perl
functions direct from SSI when Apache is compiled with
mod_perl support. This change has no effect unless mod_perl
is added to the server.
The Apache homepage (www.apache.org) has been
updated. The main menu of Apache items is now located at the
top of the page, and the long list of mirror sites has
been moved to a separate page. The www.apache.org server is
located in California, so people downloading from outside the
US should use a local mirror. There are over 50 mirror sites,
with some countries such as Spain, Russia and Japan and
having several mirrors. There are also three mirror sites in
the US itself.