In this issue
The second beta of Apache 1.3 is now available. This is
called verson 1.3b3 (there was no 1.3b1), and is currently
available in source code form for compilation on Unix and
Windows 95/NT. A pre-compiled version for Windows 95 and NT
is expected very soon.
Apache Site: www.apache.org
Release: 1.2.4 (Released 22nd August 1997)
Beta: 1.3b3 (Released 20th November 1997)
Current Status of 1.3
Apache 1.3 is now in beta test. The most recent release is
1.3b2 (there was no 1.3b1). This is available in source form
for both Unix and Windows 95/NT. A new beta, 1.3b3, is now
expected in the next few days. This will contain many bug
fixes, some portablitity fixes, and support compilation on
Bugs in 1.3b3
These bugs have been reported in 1.3b3 and are either not
fixed, or have not been reproduced by the Apache developers.
Timeouts do not work when Apache is run unde inetd or with
the -X flag. This will be fixed in the next release.
The error message "(0)Unknown error: mmap_handler: mmap
failed" in the error log is a mistake and should be
Errors from "pthreads" may be reported incorrectly (only
used on Solaris)
Bugs fixed in 1.3b3
These bugs have been found and fixed in 1.3b3.
Because of the major differences between Windows and Unix,
these are separated into bugs which affect Windows systems
only, and other bugs (which may affect Windows as well). Unix
users can ignore the bugs listed in the Windows section.
Shutting down the Apache service on NT would take a long
time and eventually fail.
Patches for bugs in Apache 1.2.4 may be made available in the
to 1.2.4 directory on the Apache site. Some new features
and other unofficial patches are available in the 1.2
patches directory. For details of all previously reported
bugs, see the Apache bug database and
bugs pages. Also many common configuration questions are
answered in the Apache FAQ.
Development has slowed down over the last couple of weeks to
prepare for the release of Apache 1.3. Now that the first
beta is out, Apache is in a "feature freeze" where no new
features will be added. The only changes from now on will be
Apple's new high-end OS, Rhapsody, can now run Apache. This
new OS is still under development, but one of the available
tools is Apache. It is marked as unsupported by Apple, and
the changes necessary to make it work have not been made
available for inclusion in the normal Apache distribution.
This may happen in the future.
In the meantime, the Rhapsody port is available from Apple's
unsupported tools area by FTP.
A major article in Salon Magazine talks about free software,
and Apache in particular.
Apache's Free Software Warriors looks at the culture
behind the development of free software. It compares Apache's
license to the GNU GPL license (which places more
restrictions on the use of code in commercial products).
Linus Torvalds, co-ordinator of Linux, comments "Apache is
'good enough' for just about everybody, and usually it's
simply the best when it comes to flexibility, availability
MacWeek reports that Apache is available for Rhapsody: Apache
moves to Rhapsody
This is the final chance to enter the Apache Commerce Survey,
to help us find out how Apache is being used in business and
commerce. There are only 11 questions, and the information
should give us a much better idea of how Apache is being
This survey is being run jointly by Apache Week and SOMA MarketNet, a market
research organisation focused on information technology.
Anyone taking part in the survey can get the full results
from SOMA, and Apache Week will summarise the results once
they have been tabulated. The survey is at http://www.soma-esurvey.com/.