Apache 1.3.0 has been released. This is the latest, stable
version of Apache for Unix. This is almost a year to the day
since the release of Apache 1.2.0, which was made on 5th June
The release of 1.3.0 marks the end of a seven month beta
program, consisting of five separate beta releases. By
comparison, Apache 1.2 had a six month beta program with nine
betas. The 1.3.0 beta program was:
Main Changes Over Previous Beta
16th October 1997
Bug fixes, virtual hosts revamped, added
Bug fixes, mod_rewrite re-written
Replaced mod_dld with mod_so for better dynamic module
19th February 1998
-C and -c options
20th April 1998
Bug fixes, all API functions renamed, installer for
Windows, dynamic loading of modules supported most
26th May 1998
6th June 1998
Minor bug fixes, fix CGI on Windows
Compared to 1.3b7, the full release of Apache 1.3.0 has:
Various bug fixes, most notably on Windows where CGI
programs will work again (they will get the environment
variables and start with the fixed current working
Ability to use a type map file as a custom error document
Cleanups and fixes for OS/2 and QNX
Fix the use of $ in SSI directives
Various internal changes, including a few more symbol
renames which were missed out in the big API rename, and
renaming of the file md5.h to ap_md5.h to avoid conflicts with
system installed md5.h files.
While 1.3.0 is highly stable on Unix systems, it is much less
developed on Windows. As such it should really be treated as
another beta on Windows systems. It has not received
sufficient testing on Windows, and still does not integrate
totally correctly with the Windows way of doing things.
Amongst the outstanding problems on Windows are:
There is no clean way to tell Apache to restart. On NT the
server can be controlled by the service manager, but on
Windows 95 the only way to shut it down is to press
Control-C in the console window it is running in.
CGI scripts have to start with the magic #! line to tell Apache where the
interpreter is, rather than using the registry like other
It has not been tuned for best performance.
New versions of Apache after 1.3.0 are expected to address
Apache Site: www.apache.org
Release: 1.3.0 (Released 6th June 1998) (local download
Apache 1.3.0 is now the current stable release. Users of
Apache 1.2.6 and earlier should look at upgrading to this
version, which provides additional features has been subject
to extensive testing.
These bugs have been found in 1.3b7 and are fixed in 1.3.0.
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.
The default Alias and
directives in srm.conf had the old default path
than the actual install directory.
These bugs have been found in 1.3.0.
apachectl does not
work on SunOS.
Compilation errors on NEXTSTEP and OpenStep. PR#2293,
Potential compilation problem on systems which do not have
fcntl() option. PR#2313
The upcoming Perl
Conference in August includes a Perl
and Apache track, which covers how mod_perl builds a Perl environment
into Apache. The conference will include sessions on
embedding perl into HTML documents, database integration and
using Java with Apache and Perl.
Apache is still the most widely used server on the Internet,
and what's more, its use is still growing faster than all
other major servers. The figures from the June 1998 Netcraft Server
Survey show that Apache is used on 49.05% of servers, up
0.79% from last month. By comparison, Microsoft's servers
grew by 0.58% and Netscape's fell by 0.56%.
When servers which are derived from the Apache code are
included, Apache runs at least 53.88% of the servers on the
Internet, up 1% compared to last month.