Apache has won the Web server software category in the "CNet
Awards for Internet Excellence". The
annoucement says "the Apache Project has built a stable,
speedy Web server that runs on almost all flavors of Unix,
OS/2, and even Windows.".
Apache Site: www.apache.org
Release: 1.2.5 (Released 5th January 1998)
Beta: 1.3b5 (Released 19th February 1998)
Apache 1.2.5 is the current stable release. Users of Apache
1.2.4 and earlier should upgrade to this version since it
fixes a number of bugs and potential security problems. A new
version, 1.2.6, is expected soon.
The bugs listed below now include a link to the entry in the
Apache bug database where the problem is being tracked. These
entries are called "PR"s (Problem Reports). Some bugs do not
correspond to problem reports if they are found by
These bugs have been found in 1.3 and will be fixed in the
next beta (1.3b6)
With mod_mime_magic some files, such as those of zero
length, could cause Apache to fail to return any response
A single slash in the argument of a <LocationMatch> directive
would match multiple slashes in the URL. This will be fixed
so that a slash in the <LocationMatch> matches
only a single slash in the URL. Note that a slash in
still matches multiple slashes in the URL.
The CGI variable REMOTE_HOST contains the hostname
of the client, or is unset if no hostname is available.
Apache was incorrectly setting it to the client IP if it
could not resolve the hostname.
SetEnv TZ did not
work, since Apache would always set the TZ environment variable to the
value it had when Apache was started. This made it
difficult to localise the timezone for particular virtual
Patches for bugs in Apache 1.2.5 may be made available in the
directory on the Apache site (this directory may not exist if
no patches are available). Some new features and other
unofficial patches are available in the 1.2
patches directory (these may not apply cleanly to 1.2.5).
For details of all previously reported bugs, see the Apache
bugs pages. Many common configuration questions are
answered in the Apache FAQ.
Development has slowed down to prepare for the release of
Apache 1.3. During the beta release cycle Apache is in a
"feature freeze" where no major new features will be added.
Support for dynamic modules on Unix has been added for
Solaris 2.5.1 and 2.6, IRIX and FreeBSD, in addition to Linux
and Windows. Dynamic modules let you load and unload modules
from the running Apache server without recompiling or
stopping the server. The proxy module can also be compiled
into a shared module, and loaded when Apache is started.
The next beta release will contain a sample httpd.conf for high-performance
testing in conf/highperformance.conf-dist.
This shows one way to configure Apache for better
performance, primarily intended for performance testing. It
is also a much shorter configuration file than conf/httpd.conf-dist since it does
not contain extensive comments or list every possible
Computer Currents reports on the arrival of Apache on NT in
Intranet Explorer: Free Service column. This positive
review considers Apache on its merits, where the fact that it
is free is just another benefit but not necessarily the most
important factor. Unlike some other reviews, the author has
taken time to actually use Apache rather than accept the
views of other server manufacturers that free products offer
poor support or features compared to the commercial servers.
In fact, the article states "Apache isn't backed by a huge
company, but the Usenet newsgroups
(comp.infosystems.www.servers.unix) devoted to Apache provide
better support than many large companies...", and "I was
impressed by Apache's features (including its
interoperability with NT and Unix), ease of setup, level of
support you can get from the Apache community, and number of
Internet World looks at two potential open development models
for Netscape's browser, in
Blueprints For Mozilla?. There are short articles on the
Linux. Unfortunately both these articles concentrate on
the downside of collaborative voluntary development, rather
than the benefits and results.
Also in Internet World the article
3 Types of Sites, and The Servers That Suit Them compares
four servers in three sample scenarios: a small site, a
commerce-based site and a complex integrated site. While
Apache for NT is considered briefly it is clear that the
scenarios are designed to eliminate it from consideration
fairly easily, in favour of O'Reilly WebSite Pro, Netscape
Enterprise and Microsoft Site Server. They compare servers
running on NT only, while Unix may be a better choice in some
circumstances (which they acknowledge, but then proceed to
consider NT servers only). For the complex site, they limit
comparison to only products sold as a "single package". Even
for the simple site they state that adding ad-banner rotation
"posed a challenge that Apache would be hard pressed to
meet", despite the fact that Apache is used on some high
volume ad rotating sites because it offers superior
performance. In the end this review only considers things
which are easy to do and work out of the box, without
considering the real-world requirements of web sites.