Apache Week
Issue 124, 31stJuly1998:

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Apache Status

Apache Site: www.apache.org
Release: 1.3.1 (Released 22nd July 1998) (local download sites)
Beta: None

Apache 1.3.1 is the current stable release. Users of Apache 1.2.6 and earlier should look at upgrading to this version, which provides additional features and has been subject to extensive testing.

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 developers.

Bugs in 1.3.1

These bugs have been found in 1.3.1 and will be fixed in the next version.

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.

Windows-specific Bugs

  • RewriteMap using an external program did not work.

Other Bugs

  • Ported to NEC EWS4800.

Patches for bugs in Apache 1.3.1 will be made available in the apply_to_1.3.1 subdirectory of the patches directory on the Apache site. Some new features and other unofficial patches are available in the 1.3 patches directory. For details of all previously reported bugs, see the Apache bug database and known bugs pages. Many common configuration questions are answered in the Apache FAQ.

Removing PID File

When Apache exits (after a TERM signal), it leaves the file containing the PID of the parent process on the disk. This could lead to scripts which send signals to Apache sending a signal to the wrong process. This file should be removed when Apache exits.

US Business magazine Forbes has a front cover story on Peace, Love and Software. The article inside is about how free source software is starting to become a valid business model. It starts with how IBM are now going to use Apache as the basis for a range of web-related products, and moves on to cover Netscape's release of Navigator source and how companies like RedHat are Sendmail Inc are building businesses based on open source.

The article summarises: "Freeware is still on the fringe of the software industry, but it's a pretty substantial fringe. As more businesses of every sort come to depend on the Web, access to source code will become more important. "

Apache Conference in October

The Apache Group is organising the first ever conference dedicated to Apache, which will be held in San Francisco this October. ApacheCon 98 is aimed at both Apache developers and Apache users. The tracks planned for the conference cover dymanic content, performance tuning, security and case studies. The conference will also feature a trade show.

For more information, see www.apachecon.com. As well as attending, there are opportunities to exhibit at the trade show, become a sponsor, or submit a paper to be presented.

Apache-Related Jobs

This new section contains short announcements of jobs which require significant Apache experience. If you have an suitable job announcement, send the text or HTML (less that hundred words plus a URL) to editors@apacheweek.com. We reserve the right to refuse any announcement.

Content Engineer - Student.Net Publishing (US)

Content Engineers build dynamic content applications for the company's Web sites (Student.Com/, TVGrid.Com). Qualified candidates are fluent in SQL, web related technologies like cookies and authentication, and web/database integration; have experience with content generation mechanisms more advanced and efficient than CGI; can meet deadlines; and have no trouble communicating effectively with non-technical people. Exceptional candidates are fluent in PHP and mod_perl and have experience designing applications that scale under high load. More info at http://www.student.com/about/jobs/ / send resumes/URLs to jobs@student.net.