Apache Site: www.apache.org
Release: 1.2.6 (Released 24th March 1998)
Beta: 1.3b6 (Released 20th April 1998) (local download
Apache 1.2.6 is the current stable release. Users of Apache
1.2.5 and earlier should upgrade to this version since it
fixes a number of bugs and potential security problems.
Bugs found in 1.3b6
These bugs have been found in 1.3 and will be fixed in the
next beta (1.3b6)
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.
On NT, Apache does not recognise .cmd extension as equivalent to
Apache may not build on Solaris if Sun's version of
awk is being used.
In some error messages the system error is not relevant,
but is still reported as "error(0)".
Patches for bugs in Apache 1.2.6 may be made available in the
apply_to_1.2.6 subdirectory of the patches
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 1.2.6).
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.
There have been several changes to the new configure program. These are mainly
minor portability and bug fixes for various systems.
The main new feature is the ability to specify one directory
as the install directory, but to actually install the files
into another directory. This can be used by "package"
maintainers who are building Apache for installation on a
different system. This is used like this:
./configure --prefix=/usr/local ...
make install root=/tmp/apache-root
In this case, Apache is configured ready to be installed into
/usr/local, but the
make install process
actually places the files into /tmp/apache-root. The package
builder would use the files from the location, but specify
that the package is to be installed into /usr/local on the target machine.
Some new options have also been added to provide even more
control over the installation directories. These are
--runtimedir, --logfiledir and
--proxycachedir which specific respectively the
directory for holding the PID files, the logs directory, and
the cache directory for use by the proxy module. In most
cases these are not needed, since appropriate locations are
provided by default (either "autoconf" style directories, or
directories compatible with previous Apache releases).
The next beta will extend support for dynamic loading of
modules to NetBSD and AIX systems. This brings the list of
operating systems which support dynamic modules to: Linux,
IRIX FreeBSD, HPUX OpenBSD, OSF1 SunOS, UnixWare, Solaris,
AIX and Windows.
Pre-compiled versions of Apache 1.3b6 are now available for
OS/2 and NT on DEC Alpha. They can be downloaded from any download
site, under binaries/os2 or binaries/decalphaNT.
Fast Company, an online magazine covering new business
methods, reports extensively on Apache in The
Best Things in Life Are Free. Looking at the business
model behind Apache, the article identifies two lessons:
charging less gives you more input from users, and that there
is more to value than direct financial income.
ZDNet's Anchor Desk reports on Your
ISP: Behind the Scenes. They list five results from a
survey of 2000 US ISP companies. These include the fact that
most ISPs build their own systems, use Unix, and use Apache.